Whidbey Weekly, December 7, 2017

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How about Grammy Award winner David Ossman sharing his humorous poetry! Songwriter musician extraordinaires, Randy Hudson and Joe Jeszeck, singing about the Langley Loop, named after a bus route. Singers Julie Pigott on guitar, and Maribeth Crandell on banjo, serenading. Vern Olsen and the Shifty Sailors sitting in the back with a banjo, guitar, accordion and five singers, plus a few bus riders who joined on the spot. As you can imagine, the Shiftys sang a special version of Happy Birthday for Island Transit.

To paraphrase Edna St. Vincent Millay in her poem Travel, “Yet there isn't an Island Transit bus I wouldn't take, no matter where it is going.” Big Bro Big Sis Last Saturday's Holidays in the Vineyard was a joyous and delightful affair. Sponsored by the Soroptimist International of South Whidbey, the event was held at the always fun-filled Dancing Fish Vineyards in Freeland. Kudos to owners Nancy and Brad Thompson for adding another quality venue to the Whidbey Island experience. Thanks much to Soroptimist President Robyn Meehan and Tamra Sipes (www.platinumtravelgrp.com) and their crew of dedicated volunteers who missed nary a detail in providing decorations, décor, and delightful delectables from the creations of Alena Stapel of Front Street Grill in Coupeville.

The phenomenal Deano the Clown also joined in the fun by creating his own. I had the adventure of a lifetime, helping pass out gifts to happy riders and commuters. More than $1,000 in prizes were donated by local businesses, all accessible by Island Transit.

“We should have been the ones giving gifts! I am so grateful for our transit system. As a commuter, this service has been incredibly reliable. I have only been late to work once in over six years and that was due to the ferry (heavy fog). I love, love, love the new north route 1 by adding the commuter bus - great problem solving. Mostly, I've watched very patient operators handle the ferry system's summer time table issues with grace - not easy to do with riders who are so anxious to get back to paradise. Thank you! From a very appreciative rider.” KG is not alone. I heard nothing but praise from riders, particularly regarding the returning Saturday bus service. Several mentioned they would not be employable but for the bus service. According to Mike Nortier of Island Transit, “On the first day of bus service in 1987, there were 161 riders. Thirty years later, Island Transit provides almost 2,000 rides a day, with forty-five fixed route buses, fifteen para-transit buses, with over fifty active van pools (5-15 riders) on the road.” For you weather fans, the weather December 1,1987 was a high of 52, with light rain and winds out of the southeast at 19 mph. Mike added, last Friday on the day of the bus birthday, the weather was similar with a high of 48, light rain, and winds out of the southeast at 15 mph. “Island Transit employs 114 personnel, with 68 operators and another 46 personnel supporting maintenance of vehicles and our facilities and operational, finance and administrative staff functions. Dorothy Cleveland, the first Island Transit Board Chair, was the driving force behind the establishment of Public Transportation in Island County in the 1980s.” Island Transit carries, on average, 755 people

There are five lessons here for all of us: 1 - Never be arrogant. 2 - Don't waste ammunition.

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Commuter KG gave us permission to share her observations about Island Transit–



Humor lessons An old woman walked up and tied her old mule to the hitching post. As she stood there, brushing some of the dust from her face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other. The young gunslinger looked at the old woman and laughed, "hey old woman, have you ever danced?" The old woman looked up at the gunslinger and said, "no, I never did dance...never really wanted to." A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said "well, you old bag, you're gonna dance now," and started shooting at the old woman's feet. The old woman prospector – not wanting to get her toe blown off – started hopping around. Everybody was laughing. When his last bullet had been fired, the young gunslinger, still laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the saloon. The old woman turned to her pack mule, pulled out a double-barreled shotgun, and cocked both hammers. The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air, and the crowd stopped laughing immediately. The young gunslinger heard the sounds, too, and he turned around very slowly. The silence was almost deafening. The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old woman and the large gaping holes of those twin barrels. The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old woman's hands, as she quietly said, "son, have you ever kissed a mule's ass?" The gunslinger swallowed hard and said, "no m'am... but I've always wanted to.”

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David Madeiras and his Ukulele Band from Oak Harbor, showcasing their amazing talents.

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Dinah Majure and the Saratoga Sirens, all nine leading riders in the singing of Christmas carols.

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Marimba master Dana Moffett and the heavenly singing and African gourd playing Sarungano.

As Mother Teresa said, “It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Anne Frank wrote “No one has ever become poor from giving.” Mother T and Anne F would have been proud of the South Whidbey Soroptimists.


Many riders were entertained on the Route 1 buses throughout the afternoon by incredible professionals. Talk about a rolling variety show.

I know what I noticed last Friday. We live on an incredible piece of real estate. The views from both the upper and lower decks of my bus runs are worth repeating, again and again. All aboard!



Birthday on the bus December 1, Island Transit celebrated thirty years of fare free service. Thanks to the creative efforts of Island Transit Mobility Specialist Maribeth Crandell, the celebration was an unforgettable, fast paced birthday party.

a day on Route 1 alone. They make over 300 Para-transit trips a day. Thanks to Island Transit, 5,000 cars a day are taken off the road as their buses provide safe and relaxing transportation, for all, for free.


The excitement level of last Sunday night's Seahawks/Eagles football game almost made me want to break out my shoulder pads. I'm just not sure where Mom put them.



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Bits & Pieces Letters to the Editor To Our Island County Community and Beyond, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! On behalf of the thousands of seniors and those who care about them living in Island County, Island Senior Resources thanks each and every one of you for your support for the re-opening of our Senior Thrift store through donations and purchases. Our dedicated volunteers contributed countless hours and space in their homes to prepare donations for sale. Our first weekend back was an incredible demonstration of the wonderful communities in which we live! We are so glad to be BACK! Sincerely, Wendy Gilbert, Board President Cheryn Weiser, Executive Director Cynthia Quigley, Senior Thrift Manager

The Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center Prepares for the 21st Eagle Watching Season As eagles begin to congregate, eagle watchers from across the region make their own trek to the Upper Skagit to catch a glimpse of these regal creatures. Many of these hopefuls visit the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center in Rockport, WA. About the time that bald eagles are migrating from Alaska toward the Skagit River there is another group preparing for their arrival, the Skagit River Bald Eagle Awareness Team (SRBEAT), the nonprofit that operates the Interpretive Center. They work to advocate for the conservation of bald eagles and their habitat which includes the Skagit River Watershed. The Interpretive Center opens its doors the first weekend in December to the end of January. It provides a host of services including eagle watching site information, local information, environmental presentation, guided river walks, special programs for school groups, interpretative displays, cultural presentations, and a gift shop. Visit the skagiteagle.org site and calendar for times and dates of speakers and guided hikes. Catherine Wessels is the new Coordinator of the Interpretive Center this season. Although new to the Center, she has previously served as a volunteer with the Forest Service’s Eagle Watcher program, and will enjoy returning to Rockport to collaborate with the Center’s many partner organizations in her new role. A recent graduate of Skagit Valley College’s fouryear environmental conservation program, she is looking forward to working with the dedicated SRBEAT directors and Interpretive Center volunteers to share the beauty and natural history of the Skagit River ecosystem with the thousands of visitors who come to the Center each December and January. Please stop by the Center and say “hi” – she’d enjoy meeting you and hearing about your experiences with eagles, salmon and the Skagit ecosystem. Migratory eagles begin to arrive in October from northern breeding territories in Alaska and Canada. The Skagit River supports all five salmon species and hosts the largest population of wintering bald eagles in the lower 48. Threats to bald eagles are degradation of natural habitat, reduction of salmon populations, and shrinking locations of prime nest

trees. The Skagit River Watershed encompasses the river, its tributaries (Baker, Cascade, Sauk-Suiattle rivers), and all that depend on this central water source. John Wesley Powell, a scientist geographer, described a watershed to be “that area of land, a bounded hydrologic system within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course that they become part of a community.” Our “common water course” is the Skagit River and our natural community is what we set out to share with others.

Many people that visit the Interpretive Center have never seen an eagle in the wild and are awed at what they find there. The Interpretive Center offers a platform for exploration and education, a perch to see a broader view of an ecosystem and its interconnected parts. Minds will soar with new ideas about environmental stewardship. The Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center hopes that after being exposed to the wilderness of the Upper Skagit Valley, a spark ignites in people’s minds and hearts about how we can preserve this ecosystem and fragile cycle of life. For more information, contact the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at srbeatic@frontier.com or skagiteagle.org

“Funding projects that increase access has been a major focus for the Foundation,” says Executive Director Helen Taylor. “We are thrilled to bring Women’s Care to patients in Oak Harbor. Addressing health issues early is key, particularly with preventative and prenatal care. Now it’s easier than ever for women on the north end to get what they need.” Women’s Care Oak Harbor looks forward to providing women of all ages the education and support they need to lead happy, healthy lives.

The clinic will be open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday; closed for lunch between noon and 1:00pm. The number to call for an appointment is (360) 240-4055. The providers will continue services at WhidbeyHealth Women’s Care in Coupeville. [Submitted by Patricia Duff, WhidbeyHealth]

Jazzin’ with the Classics for Christmas

[Submitted by Stephanie Lynn]

Whidbey Community Chorus Presents “Joy! Near and Far!” Join the Whidbey Community Chorus in celebrating the advent of Christmas at its annual holiday concerts. “Joy! Near and Far!” under the direction of Darren McCoy. The performance will include the seasonal favorites “Winter Wonderland,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Along with guest artist Amanda Judd, the chorus will be exploring the joyful music of Wales, Spain, France, and more. Performances are Friday, December 8, at 7:00pm and Sunday, December 10, at 4:00pm at the First United Methodist Church, 1050 SE Ireland Street, Oak Harbor. Oak Harbor High School’s Harbor Singers will also perform on Friday. Admission is free, but donations are very gratefully accepted. For more information, call Kay at (360) 678-4148 or check the chorus website at https://sites. google.com/site/whidbeycommunitychorus/ home. [Submitted by Kay Foss]

WhidbeyHealth Expands Women’s Care to Oak Harbor

From left, James Giem, MD; Morghan Milagrosa, CNM, ARNP; Melissa Chinn, DO; James Bauer, MD; and Alicia Darr, CNM, ARNP gather outside WhidbeyHealth Women’s Care Coupeville. Some of these providers will also see patients at Women’s Care Oak Harbor after Nov. 30.

WhidbeyHealth is proud to announce the expansion of their OB/GYN and ANRP midwifery services, as well as modern ultrasound services with WhidbeyHealth Women’s Care Oak Harbor starting Thursday, November 30. Women’s Care Oak Harbor will be located at 1300 NE Goldie Street in Oak Harbor, in the same building as WhidbeyHealth’s Primary Care, Sleep Care and Physical Therapy clinics. WhidbeyHeatlh believes it’s a great time to introduce this important resource to the Oak Harbor community in order to make these consistent, high-quality services more convenient to their north end patients. This means less travel time for access to care. A major portion of funding to launch Women’s Care Oak Harbor was provided by the WhidbeyHealth Foundation.

Terri Richter, Soprano

Music at Trinity and Candlelight Concerts present the 6th annual Jazzin’ with the Classics for Christmas on Whidbey Island, featuring classical soprano Terri Richter, jazz pianist, flutist and clarinetist Martin Lund, classical flutist Jeffrey Cohan and vibraphone player Tom Collier in a unique and joyous celebration of music for the holidays that bridges the jazz/ classical divide on Monday, December 11 at 7:00pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland. Admission will be by free will offering, and those 18 and under are free. Please call (360) 331-5191 for more information. 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. Richter, 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 in a new program for 2017. For more information, call (360) 331-5191 or visit www.candlelightseattle.org

www.whidbeyweekly.com LOCALLY OPERATED. Please bring a favorite Christmas treat (cookies, finger foods, appetizers, etc.) to share. Beverages will be provided. At the sing-along, there will also be a gathering of gifts for the less fortunate in the community. As you are able, please bring new socks, mittens or gloves to be donated to those served by the Spin Café in Oak Harbor. For more information, call (360) 279-0715. [Submitted by Harry Anderson]

IndieFlix Shines Light on Anxiety with New Documentary, “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety” New Film Created to Start Community Conversations About Anxiety & Provide Tools, Resources & Hope IndieFlix, a leading independent online streaming platform, along with its non-profit arm, the IndieFlix Foundation, is sparking a global conversation about anxiety through screenings of its brand-new documentary, “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety”. South Whidbey School District students in grades 7-12, will be watching the film and having a discussion during the week of December 11-15, 2017. On Wednesday, December 13 at 5:00pm, South Whidbey School District will hold a special screening of the documentary at the South Whidbey Elementary School, before the School Board Meeting. The event is free and will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film. To open up a dialogue, the screening will be followed by an informative discussion, led by Charlene Ray, MSW LicSW. Childcare is available - RSVP is required to hold your spot! Contact the District Office at (360) 221-6808 ext 2245 before December 10 with your child’s name and age and they will be added to the list. Space is limited. On Saturday, December 16 at 1:00pm, South Whidbey School District in partnership with the Clyde Movie Theater in Langley, will hold a free special screening. Space is limited, please arrive early. Producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick have one goal: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilize the power of film to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope. The film also includes a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all-time. In addition, the documentary provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources and tools available to address the condition. In addition to the documentary, an exclusive virtual reality component allows users to experience a panic attack first hand, further building awareness and empathy for anxiety sufferers. The VR component, directed by Stephanie Riggs, has been developed with support from Google as a supplemental learning aid to the documentary. To experience the virtual reality component visit http://angstmovie.com/virtual-reality/ for more information.

Join in the Community Christmas Sing-Along

Part of the beauty of this film is the openness of the children and young adults featured; for some of them, the “Angst” project marks the first time they are publicly sharing their experiences with anxiety. The hope is that their candidness and bravery will inspire our community to do the same.

Everyone is invited to the third annual North Whidbey community Christmas sing-along on Wednesday, December 13 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in Miller Hall at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 555 Southeast Regatta Drive in Oak Harbor.

While “Angst” documents the struggles some people have with anxiety, it also reveals their hope for the future. Noah, a teenager in the film, describes it this way: “Anxiety doesn’t define me. It’s not just a curse; it also gives me strength.”

To celebrate the Christmas season, come raise your voice with secular holiday classics such as “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls” followed by beloved Christmas carols from “Silent Night” to “Joy to the World.” No great singing talent is required – just a warm Yuletide spirit. Lyrics and piano accompaniment will be provided, and children are welcome.

“Everybody needs to know that anxiety disorders are real, common and treatable instead of viewing them as a personal choice or something to be ashamed of,” said Dr. Jerry Bubrick, Senior Director of Anxiety Disorders Center, Child Mind Institute. “Getting help

[Submitted by Jeffrey Cohan]


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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.

Ladies Night Thursday, December 7, 4:00pm-7:00pm Island Drug, Oak Harbor Enjoy treats, drinks, drawings, and lots of fun. For more information, call (360) 675-6688.

Live Music: Steve DeHaven Friday, December 8, 7:00pm-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville Come enjoy solo renditions of your favorite rock and blues classics. No cover. For more information, call (360) 682-5747 or visit www. penncovebrewing.com

Whidbey Community Chorus Holiday Concerts Friday, December 8, 7:00pm Sunday, December 10, 4:00pm First United Methodist Church, Oak Harbor “Joy! Near and Far!” under the direction of Darren McCoy, will include the seasonal favorites “Winter Wonderland,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Along with guest artist Amanda Judd, the choir will be exploring the joyful music of Wales, Spain, France, and more. Oak Harbor High School’s Harbor Singers will also perform on Friday. Admission is free, but donations are very gratefully accepted. For more information, call (360)-678-4148 or visit https://sites.google.com/site/whidbeycommunitychorus/home.

25th Anniversary of WIDT’s The Nutcracker Fridays, December 8 & 15, 7:00pm Saturdays, December 9 & 16, 2:00pm Saturday, December 16, 7:00pm Sundays, December 10 & 17, 2:00pm South Whidbey High School, PAC, Langley Whidbey Island Dance Theatre’s 25th season of The Nutcracker is sure to delight the whole family! The production features many of the beloved characters and themes that are traditional with this classic holiday ballet, with special twists added to make it special for Whidbey. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door. Opening night discounted online price is $10. Discounts for seniors, veterans, and children. Tickets are on sale online at https://www. eventbrite.com/d/wa--langley/the-nutcracker/

Cookie Walk Saturday, December 9, 10:00am Langley United Methodist Church Fill a box (just $15) with your choice of freshbaked holiday cookies. Makes a great gift, or freeze for holiday parties. Proceeds benefit local charities. The church is located at 301 Anthes Ave.

Holiday Open House Saturday, December 9, 12:00pm-3:00pm WAIF Shelter, 60 Rhododendron Park Rd, Coupeville Join WAIF at their shelter in Coupeville to have your pet’s photo taken with Santa Claws for only $10. They will have refreshments and light snacks for both pets and people. Please bring pets on leash or in carriers. For more information, please call (360) 678-8900 ext. 1106 or email waifcomm@waifanimals.org

Saratoga Orchestra Presents Peter and the Wolf Saturday, December 9, 1:00pm The Island Church of Whidbey, Langley Saturday, December 16, 10:00am Coupeville HS Commons Saturday, December 16, 2:00pm Oak Harbor First Reformed Church Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island presents a family friendly musical event during the month of December featuring an Instrument Petting Zoo (IPZ) and performance of the timeless classic, “Peter and the Wolf.” For more information, visit www.sowhidbey.com or call (360) 929-3045.

Christmas Concert Saturday, December 9, 2:00pm Oak Harbor Lutheran Church The Whidbey All-Island Band and Harbor Choir are presenting a free Christmas concert. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted on behalf of the North Whidbey Help House. The church is located at 1253 NW 2nd St.

Ugly Sweater and Karaoke Christmas Party Saturday, December 9, 7:00pm-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville No cover. For more information, call (360) 682-5747 or visit www.penncovebrewing.com

The Carols of Christmas with Island Consort Sunday, December 10, 7:00pm Langley United Methodist Church Suggested Donation: $20 adults/$5 youth, at the door Island Consort–Whidbey’s resident chamber and early music ensemble–celebrates the season with this concert of early music featuring works by Boismortier, Bach, Handel, Hassler, Weelkes and more. From bagpipes to Renaissance motets, from trio sonatas to a carol sing-along–Island Consort celebrates in musical style! For more information, visit www. islandconsort.org or call (360) 320-2362.

Suva’s 3rd Annual Holiday Shindig Tuesday, December 12, 6:00pm-9:00pm Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 NW Alexander St. Tickets: $10 per person

Arts, crafts, food, and Santa! Check the Oak Harbor Main Street Facebook for dates and times.

This fun-filled evening, benefitting Whidbey Island’s historic Schooner Suva, will feature music by local island favorites, Russell Clepper and Sarah Primrose, also known as the Muse & Eye. Enjoy toe-tapping music, nosh on nautical nibbles, such as Penn Cove Mussels, sip beer and wine, and complete your holiday shopping all in one place by bidding on fabulous gifts and one-of-a-kind baskets donated by generous local merchants! For more information, visit www.schoonersuva.org

Light Up Your Holidays

Community Christmas Sing-Along

Holiday Market on Pioneer Saturdays, December 9 & 16, 10:00am-5:00pm Sundays, December 10 & 17, 10:00am-5:00pm 749 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor

Saturday, December 9, 11:00am-4:00pm Admiralty Head Lighthouse, Coupeville The event includes a variety of local young musicians performing inside the lighthouse. You will also have the opportunity to take pictures with Santa, create unique children’s crafts, and listen to stories shared around the campfire! Discover Pass required for park entrance. For more information, call (360) 678-1186.

treat (cookies, finger foods, appetizers, etc.) to share. Beverages will be provided. There will also be a gathering of gifts for the less fortunate in the community. As you are able, please bring new socks, mittens or gloves to be donated to those served by the Spin Café in Oak Harbor. The church is located at 555 Southeast Regatta Dr. For more information, call (360) 279-0715.

Star Party Friday, December 15, begins at dark Fort Nugent Park, Oak Harbor Explore the night sky and view distant galaxies, planets and nebulas at this free public Star Party hosted by the Island County Astronomical Society (ICAS). No telescope is needed and people of all ages are welcome to attend. Be sure and dress warmly and note that the event will be canceled if the weather is cloudy. For more information, contact Bob Scott at ICAS_ President@outlook.com, or visit www.icas-wa. org.

Feliz Navidad Holiday Party Friday, December 15, 6:00pm-9:00pm Elks Lodge, 155 NE Ernst St., Oak Harbor Tickets: $40 Join friends and neighbors for dinner, dancing, and live music. This year’s theme is Feliz Navidad, complete with great “South of the Border Cuisine”. Entertainment includes vocalist Valetta Faye, the Just-N-Time band, and singersongwriter Steve DeHaven. Trish Rose (USAF Major General, retired) will talk on “Diversity & Inclusion”. RSVP and buy on line for a discount. For details, visit www.WhidbeyIslandDemocrats.org/HolidayGathering2017 or call (360) 678-6788. Sponsored by the Whidbey Island Democratic Club.

WICO Holiday Concert Friday, December 15, 7:00pm Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland Sunday, December 17, 3:00pm St. Augustine’s-in-the Woods, Freeland Whidbey Island Community Orchestra, Cynthia Morrow, Conductor, celebrate the sounds of Christmas with holiday favorites; Karl Olsen, Baritone Soloist and special choral performance of Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols”. A reception with orchestra & refreshments will follow. Admission is free, although donations are accepted and greatly appreciated. For more information, visit www. whidbeyorchestras.org or email cnewman@ whidbey.com

Seattle Mandolin Orchestra: Mandolin Messiah Sunday, December 17, 7:30pm Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley All Seats $22 This holiday season, experience George Frederick Handel’s beloved oratorio “Messiah,” like you’ve never heard it before. Founded in 1968, the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra is dedicated to revitalizing America’s mandolin ensemble tradition. Featuring the entire mandolin family of instruments, including mandolin, mandola, mandocello and mandobass, as well as guitar, the group performs throughout the Seattle area. For tickets or more information, call (360) 221-8268 or visit www.wicaonline.org

Upcoming Sno-Isle Library Events See schedule below Cost: Free

Wednesday, December 13, 5:30pm-8:00pm St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Oak Harbor

Music Together at the Library Thursday, December 7, 11:15am-12:00pm Coupeville Library

Celebrate the Christmas season with secular holiday classics such as “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls” followed by beloved Christmas carols from “Silent Night” to “Joy to the World.” No great singing talent is required – just a warm Yuletide spirit. Lyrics and piano accompaniment will be provided, and children are welcome. Please bring a favorite Christmas

Join us for a special Music Together class for children ages 0-5 and their favorite grownups! We’ll sing, dance, play instruments and feel the music in our whole bodies. Enjoy 45 minutes of musical play, but take home a lifetime of good musical practices. Class size is limited to 12 children. Please register each child separately.

www.whidbeyweekly.com LOCALLY OPERATED. WIHHA Presents: Breema Thursday, December 7, 4:00pm-6:00pm Freeland Library Join Diana Deering to learn tension-relieving stretches, rhythmic movements and nurturing touch to deepen body mind connection. Breema exercises help your mind to be clearer, your feelings to be calmer and more supportive, and your body to be more relaxed and flexible. Everyone is welcome. For more information on WIHHA visit wihha.com 2nd Friday Nonfiction Book Group: Reader’s Choice Friday, December 8, 10:30am-12:00pm Coupeville Library Enjoy reading nonfiction? Bring a friend and discuss your nonfiction reader’s choice for this month. Holiday Card Making Friday, December 8, 1:00pm-2:00pm Coupeville Library Have a holly jolly time making holiday and wintery themed cards with local artist, Kristi O’Donnell. There will be enough materials to make several cards or bookmarks. Open to all ages. Please register with the library. Holiday Heartwarmers Friday, December 8, 1:30pm-2:30pm Freeland Library Wednesday, December 13, 3:30pm-4:30pm Coupeville Library Spend an hour with storyteller Lynne Burrows as she shares reflections which embody the goodness and joy of the holiday season. Reading from a work in progress titled “Ordinary Extra Grace,” Lynne draws on observations and experiences from her thirty years as a therapist, minister and teacher. Everyone is welcome. North Sound Writers Group Monday, December 11, 10:00am-1:00pm Freeland Library Join other writers to discuss, problem solve, share and receive feedback and work on the craft of writing. Everyone is welcome. For more information about this group, visit northsoundwriters.com An Ordinary Bicycle: The Fascinating Ways Victorian Cyclists Changed Our World Monday, December 11, 1:30pm-3:00pm Coupeville Library Learn about the history of this 19th century invention! When and why were roads first paved on a major scale? What’s the difference between an Ordinary and a safety? What revolutionary change came to cycling in the 1890’s, what significance did the bicycle have for women - and why did many early bicycles have such a big front wheel? Learn the answers to these questions, and many more! Presented by Gabriel Chrisman. Baby and Toddler Stay and Play Tuesdays, December 12, 19 & 26, 10:00am-11:00am Freeland Library Under their parent’s supervision, babies and toddlers can socialize and play with the library’s educational toys. This informal, drop-in playtime is for children ages 0-4 years old with their parent or caregiver. Literature & Laughter Book Group: “LaRose” Wednesday, December 13, 6:15pm-7:45pm Coupeville Library Join us for a discussion of “LaRose” by Louise Erdrich. All are welcome!

Meetings & Organizations Greenbank Garden Club Thursday, December 7, 9:30am Greenbank Progressive Club The doors open at 9:30am for a social hour followed by a brief meeting starting at 10:00am. We will be doing a Christmas Craft (Evergreen Kissing Ball) instead of a speaker this meeting. The Greenbank Progressive Club is located on the corner of Bakken and Firehouse Roads. WHAT'S GOING ON

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Holiday Happenings COOKIE WALK

Saturday, December 9, 10am

Langley United Methodist Church Fill a box (Just $15) with your choice of fresh-baked holiday cookies. Makes a great gift, or freeze for holiday parties! Benefits local charities. 3rd & Anthes Streets

Shop, Dine 2 and Stay

Joy! Near and Far!

Holiday songs from England, France, Germany, Italy, Wales and the United States Whidbey Community Chorus Friday, December 8 at 7pm Sunday, December 10 at 4pm

at Participating Merchants! Earn Tickets and a Chance to



First United Methodist Church 1050 SE Ireland St. Oak Harbor Admission is free, but donations gratefully accepted.

The Giving Tree Support local non-profits by buying ornaments for your own tree or as gifts! Bayview Cash Store 5603 Bayview Road Langley Island Athletic Club 5522 S Freeland Ave Freeland working for a thriving South Whidbey



Celebrate the joy of the season with Island Consort in this festive concert of early music by Boismortier, Corelli, Bach & more, including everything from 16th century choral music to bagpipes & a carol sing-along!


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tend to be found in informal gardens more typically associated with the Pacific Northwest. Ask yourself – “Am I wanting to create a more formal or informal setting?”

Make a Difference By Kelsi Mottet

Marketing, Education, & Outreach Coordinator Whidbey Island Conservation District

PLANNING YOUR PERFECT NATIVE PLANT LANDSCAPE: PART 2 The Pacific Northwest’s native plant biodiversity rivals that of almost any other region in the world. From sweeping coastal shorelines to the inland Salish Sea-scapes, to the colorful array of wildflowers found on the glacial outwash prairies and Garry Oak woodlands of the islands, to the gnarled trees at timberline and the high mountain subalpine meadows, deep into towering forested valley – we live in an amazing place worth conserving. In October’s Make a Difference article – Part 1 of this 3-part series about how to go about crafting your “perfect native plant landscape” – we were introduced to the roles and benefits native plants can play in both conservation on your land and in meeting your aesthetic goals as a gardener and lover of landscape projects. Native plants are those which are from, or indigenous to, a region because they’ve established communities over long periods of time with little to no human assistance and continue to thrive in balance with other native plant species, contributing to overall biodiversity and resiliency. Native plants can meet your aesthetic goals as well as provide numerous conservation benefits – reducing energy costs (as they often require less water and maintenance than exotics), cleaning air, attracting and supporting local pollinators and wildlife, improving water quality, and stabilizing soil through strong root systems. Before you select native plants for your upcoming landscape project, we learned of the importance to take time and learn about our landscape features – soil type, topography, slope and aspect, climate, water availability and existing native plant communities. Selecting species best suited to each property owner’s landscape provides a higher success rate establishing those plants. Within one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, Whidbey is host to some of the richest plant communities in the Pacific Northwest. Because of Whidbey’s temperate climate (thank you, Pacific Ocean!) and its location just east of the Olympic Mountains in a “rain shadow” providing residents with less rain than even our neighbors to the north and south, a host of native plant species thrive here that aren’t found elsewhere. Take, for example, the fact Whidbey Island’s nearly 170-square-mile land mass contains within it a host of unique ecosystems – shorelines, bluff slopes, wetlands, marshes, glacial outwash prairie, young forests, secondgrowth and mature forests, each with their own plant communities. In Part 2 of our Craft Your Perfect Native Plant

Landscape, I encourage readers – as you’ve hopefully come to learn a bit more about your landscape’s characteristics from reading last month’s article – to be inspired by the rich array of ecosystems we have here on Whidbey Island. Look to your landscape where you plan to plant and ask yourself – “How can I incorporate the features I enjoy on Whidbey’s shorelines, bluffs, wetlands, and forests into ‘microsite’ features in my own landscape design?” Microsites is a term used in landscape design to describe a zone within your larger landscape area that contains unique conditions or characteristics, then playing up those characteristics by selecting plant species best suited for them. Microsites may be based on temperature (i.e. a “hot” or “cold” area), light availability (i.e. a “shade” or “sun” garden), or soil moisture (i.e. a wet area or drought-tolerant rock garden) – to give you a few starter ideas. Perhaps not all of us have enough microsite conditions to bring every single one of Whidbey Island’s ecosystem niches in micro-scale to our own homes, but starting to think in terms of biodiverse landscapes helps us to choose a richer selection of native plant species which enhances this island on which we reside. With the microsite concept in your back pocket, consider looking at your native plant landscape project with an artistic lens – through the eyes of landscape design. Not just a profession, landscape design is an art form. Incorporating the elements of unity, line, form, texture, color, scale, balance, simplicity and variety, emphasis and sequence, landscape design has the powerful ability to unify these into a design that creates beautiful, pleasing, and practical outdoor living spaces. Habitat conservation and your landscape’s beautification can go hand-in-hand when you chose to incorporate native plants into your garden. When planning that perfect native plant landscape, consider the following landscape design elements and ask yourself these important questions: Unity – Unity is the underlying storyline of your landscape design. Unity organizes groups of plants into various chapters of your landscape’s tale, attracting and holding attention as its goal. Envision your landscape and what you’d like it to say. Ask yourself – “Do I want this landscape to draw the viewer in or move them away? What story do I want to tell with my design? What role will this landscape play on my overall property?” Line – Line connects and defines space within a landscape, creating the effect of an outdoor “room” with borders and boundaries. Line can be horizontal or vertical, straight or curved. Straight lines are often associated with formal gardens, whereas meandering and curved lines

Form – The shape, or form, of a landscape design is determined by lines created by branches and twigs of individual plants and groups of plant. Additionally, direction and arrangement of these plants is important in developing overall landscape form, providing a three dimensional aspect to the project. For individual plants, consider where you want the viewer’s eye to travel. Pyramidal forms (such as those of our native conifer trees) direct eyes upwards, whereas weeping and vase-shaped forms divert the eye downward to what’s beneath the plant. Geometric shapes, such as rounded or square forms tend to be associated with formal gardens. Informal gardens tend to have more fragmented edges in their plant forms, with meandering lines and directions. Ask yourself – “Where do I want the eye to rest? How will I achieve unity through the use of specific forms, both in individual plants and in plant groupings, in my landscape project?” Texture –Texture relates to the size and shape of individual plants’ leaves and twigs, as well as the spacing between those leaves and twigs, the glossiness or dullness of leaves, the colors of the foliage and blossoms, and the way light plays throughout the plant or plant groupings. Texture can be defined “close-up” or “at-a-distance.” Close-up texture can be determined by looking at the size and shape of the leaves and twigs on a plant – larger leaves are often associated with rougher texture, whereas more delicate twigs and leaves are found to be softly textured. At a distance, the entirety of your landscape project can define texture as how light and shadow play against a group of plants. Ask yourself – “Based on the selection of plants I want to incorporate into my landscape, how will I balance soft- and rough-textured plants both up close and at a distance?” Color – Color gives a landscape design its greatest appeal and is powerful in establishing the mood and feeling of the landscape. Did you know that color therapy is a popular topic in our culture? Warm colors tend to stimulate and encourage the viewer to come forward, whereas cool colors are more restful and suggest distance. Ask yourself – “What colors work for the story line I’d like to portray with my landscape and conservation goals?” Scale – The scale of your landscape design can be either absolute, which compares the value of your landscape to a fixed object (such as your house), and relative, which compares values of the landscape project itself and often is linked with color. For example, a relative high scale landscape promotes action and movement due to the use of strong, warm colors, whereas a relative low scale landscape promotes restfulness and relaxation due to its use of cool colors. Ask yourself – “How do I want my landscape to be perceived as it relates to my house? Do I want a ‘cabin-in-the-woods’ feeling with towering tall trees nearby or smaller landscaped trees adjacent to the home to make it look bigger? Do I want people to stay a while or move quickly past?” Balance – Balance is how equilibrium is attained on both sides of a landscape design. Formal gardens are associated with repetition of plants and patterns on both sides of the design, whereas informal gardens’ patterns and plants differ on

both sides – contributing to the feeling of being “alive” and more natural. Ask yourself – “Do I wish for its patterns to be repeated on both sides of the design, providing stability? Or, would I like the patterns to differ on sides, giving movement and curiosity?” Simplicity & Variety – Simplicity in a landscape is achieved by a degree of repetition of plants or patterns in a landscape, but without overdoing it. Variety is achieved through a diverse selection of plant types, forms, textures, and colors, reducing monotony. You need both simplicity and variety to balance each other out, so that a landscape is not too chaotic, nor too monotonous. For example, repeat plant selections in sweeps and groupings. Many landscape design literature suggests avoiding “zipper plantings” (repetition of color, texture, etc. i.e. red-white-red-whitered-white). Ask yourself – “How will I balance simplicity and variety in my landscape design?” Emphasis – Our minds look for dominant objects in a landscape and those which are subordinate. Think of a lone tree in a field. Where will your eye be drawn? The use of emphasis in landscape design helps to determine which plants are considered dominant (attracting the viewer’s eye) and which plants are subordinate (less likely to hold attention). Emphasis can be achieved by form, color, or texture. Ask yourself – “What plants will I plan to emphasize in my design? Which plants will be supporting and how?” Sequence – Represented as the change or “flow” in size, form, color, and texture, sequence gives life and movement to an overall landscape design. Ask yourself – “What type of flow do I wish to evoke throughout my overall landscape design? How will the sequence of size, form, color, and texture change throughout the design to create the movement I want to achieve?” Pacific Northwest native plants have increased in popularity in recent years for use in our landscapes, which presents an exciting opportunity for each of us to exercise our artistic muscles and employ some landscape design techniques in our planning, as well as make a difference in conservation – all starting with our “backyards.” From ground covers to shrubs, to conifer and deciduous trees, the Pacific Northwest presents us with hundreds of native plant species to choose from, often available at local plant nurseries on Whidbey Island. Additionally, the Whidbey Island Conservation District is half-way through its annual Native Bare Root Plant Sale – the biggest outreach event of the year. With over 30 species of native species to choose from, learn more by visiting www.whidbeycd.org/native-plant-sale. html or calling 888-678-4922. Stay tuned for next month’s Part 3 of Crafting Your Perfect Native Plant Landscape, in which we employ our newfound knowledge of landscape characteristics and design elements and learn more about specific native plant species we can choose from and what conservation and aesthetic goals they can achieve. For additional resources, expertise, and support pertaining to native plants and other natural resource conservation topics, including farm and forest planning, alternative stormwater management, and more, contact the Whidbey Island Conservation District for free, voluntary conservation planning assistance from our staff at 888-678-4922 or by visiting www.whidbeycd.org.


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WIDT celebrates 25 years of “The Nutcracker”

By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly

Nearly everyone has special traditions they celebrate during the holiday season, and one of the best-loved Whidbey Island traditions is taking place over the next two weekends. Whidbey Island Dance Theatre in Langley presents the 25th anniversary season of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” opening at 7 p.m. Friday and running through 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 at South Whidbey High School in Langley. “For our 25th production, we are striving to bring to our community our very best production yet. Not by making extreme changes but by taking what we have done over the past 25 years and debuting our best show yet,” said Brittany Falso, WIDT assistant artistic director. “We are creating some refreshing new choreography, giving some of our sets some love and we just want to celebrate and share with our community this wonderful Whidbey Island tradition.” “It’s a tradition for many of our audience members and adds to their holiday and Christmas traditions,” said Charlene Brown, artistic director and founder of WIDT. “It makes people feel good. Our production has its own unique story. It’s just a little bit different and so much fun to watch for all ages.” One might think doing the same production year after year would get repetitive. But Falso and Brown work hard to give each season and every performance its own special quality. “We have amazing choreographers, new choreography, new and returning community cast members,” said Brown. “WIDT’s company dancers are committed to presenting our community a professional, quality “Nutcracker” with their beautiful artistry.” “Each dancer has a different way of bringing their character to life and demonstrating their artistry in their own unique voice,” agreed Falso. “Different choreography really keeps things fresh too, especially with the more advanced dancers; I specifically like to choreograph to the dancers I’m working with. It makes it more fluid and organic for the dancer and for the audience while watching. That way the choreography really feels like their own, like it was created just for them and not just being re-used from the year before.”

Photo Courtesy of Whidbey Island Dance Theatre Claire Philp dances the role of Clara and Niki Greene will dance the Rat Queen in the 25th anniversary production of “The Nutcracker” by Whidbey Island Dance Theatre. The production opens Friday and runs through Sunday, Dec. 17 at South Whidbey High School in Langley.

“With our community dancers, that range from 4 years old to 70 years old, we are providing a platform that supports all ages in the arts and a place to fulfill what we are all passionate about,” Falso continued. At the heart of 25 years of success with WIDT is 25 years of community support, according to Brown. “WIDT exists today because of our community support from those that want to see this beautiful art form continue to thrive on South Whidbey,” she said. But the support works both ways, according to Brown and Falso. Each year WIDT has a program called “Send a Child to The Nutcracker, which is designed to give children and

families who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to attend a show the opportunity to see a performance for free. “We understand the financial struggle so many families go through and we don’t want that to prohibit them from seeing our show,” said Falso. “We use the donations we receive from our community to reserve over 300 seats in our audience and we team up with local schools, veterans programs and community resource centers who then allocate who these tickets go to.”

While Whidbey Island Dance Theatre is a company of young dancers, do not think of these performances as similar to a dance recital or a school program. WIDT is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those dancers who want to move beyond what they can learn in traditional dance classes.

In the end, it is the joy of the season, the magic of the story of “The Nutcracker” and a passion for dance that keeps this longtime tradition alive and well on South Whidbey.

“WIDT is a pre-professional dance company,” said Brown. “You will be truly surprised at how professional our show is.” “We are providing a platform for our company dancers to go beyond this stage and continue their dancing as they go to college or join a dance company,” said Falso, who is a WIDT alumnus and has participated in 17 of the theatre’s 25 “Nutcracker” seasons.

Photo Courtesy of Whidbey Island Dance Theatre Lars Larson reprises his role of Herr Drosselmeyer in the Whidbey Island Dance Theatre’s silver anniversary production of “The Nutcracker,” opening Friday at South Whidbey High School in Langley.

Photo Courtesy of Whidbey Island Dance Theatre Charlene Brown, left, is the founder and artistic director of Whidbey Island Dance Theatre. Assistant artistic director Brittany Falso is a WIDT alumnus and has been involved in 17 of 25 seasons of “The Nutcracker” at WIDT.

“I love watching the dancers work so hard to put this production together,” said Brown. “Every show is special as I watch [the dancers’] growth, see their love for performing and developing their characters during each show. This really does drive me to do another.” “There is no greater feeling than seeing people happy and knowing you’ve created memories that they will always look back on and be fond of,” said Falso. “I love seeing the youngest children as butterflies, bumblebees and little mice, they are so cute! “I love the people that have come back year after year,” she continued. “JT Madsen has been our Madame Bumble for 16 years now. Frank O’Brochta and Teddy Moulton have come back year after year to be Clara’s grandfather and grandmother and Lars Larson is back as Drosselmeyer this year from previously doing the role for 10 years. People dedicate themselves to this and that’s what I love most.” Performances of “The Nutcracker” will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 and 15 and Saturday, Dec. 16. There will be matinee performances at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 and 16 and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 17. Tickets are $15 if purchased online at www.widtonline.org or $20 at the door. “I’d like to say “Thank you” to all who helped make 25 years of “Nutcracker” possible,” said Brown, adding that there is much more to come. “Keep coming to our shows, fundraising events and stay involved with dance. It is such a beautiful art form and the next generation will blow you away.”

Photo Courtesy of Whidbey Island Dance Theatre The company dancers of Whidbey Island Dance Theatre will bring their talents to the stage during the 25th anniversary production of “The Nutcracker,” which opens Friday at South Whidbey High School in Langley.

“I know I can’t imagine my life without dance,” said Falso. “We want to continue to do this on Whidbey Island for many more years to come.”

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Military Muster NAS Whidbey Island, Washington

December 7-13, 2017

TR, CVW-17 Launch in Support of Operation Inherent Resolve By Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9 Public Affairs The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 began sorties from the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). "The first day of flight operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve is a highly-anticipated day where the Theodore Roosevelt strike group transitions into combat operations to demonstrate our continued commitment to this region and our partner nations," said Rear Adm. Steve Koehler, commander of Carrier Strike Group 9. "Success in this important mission takes every Sailor and Marine on board working as a team. I'm incredibly proud of all the work this team has done throughout their training and preparation, they are ready and now it is time to go to work." "Our priority is to be ready for any contingency," said Capt. Chris Ford, commander of CVW-17. "The counter-terrorism mission is one of many reasons why we are here. I'm confident the highly skilled and professional warfighters in this air wing are ready to execute assigned tasking alongside U.S. and coalition forces." CVW-17 squadrons include the "Stingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, the "Mighty Shrikes" of VFA-94, the "Redcocks" of VFA-22, the "Checkerboards" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, the "Cougars" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139, the "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, the "Indians" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 and the "Battlecats" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73. "Carrier strike groups are a flexible, adaptable and persis-

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Spencer Roberts/Released)

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 prepares to take off from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on its first day of combat operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Theodore Roosevelt and its carrier strike group are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region.

tent force that help deter potential adversaries, respond to humanitarian crises, reassure partners and enhance security," said Koehler. "We look forward to building on the success of the strike groups and air wings that have operated before us in 5th Fleet." The Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group's deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supports Operation Inherent Resolve and signals the continued commitment to defeat and

destroy ISIS. In addition to anti-ISIS missions, the strike group is conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserve freedom of navigation and maintain the free flow of commerce. Theodore Roosevelt left its homeport of San Diego, Oct. 6, for a regularly-scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of operations. Roosevelt's last deployment to U.S. 5th Fleet was in 2015 during the ship's homeport shift from Norfolk.

Gray Wolves to Return to NAS Whidbey Island after WESTPAC Deployment The “Gray Wolves” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142 returned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island Dec. 5 after a six-month deployment to the Indo-Asia Pacific region and the Arabian Gulf. The squadron embarked aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) for the deployment and conducted an array of missions including support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). The 193 men and women of VAQ-142 departed their home station of NAS Whidbey Island June 4, bound for NAS North Island in San Diego. There, with five EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft, the Gray Wolves joined Carrier Air Wing (CVW)11 aboard Nimitz and headed west across the Pacific Ocean with its strike group. "This particular deployment has presented a number of unique challenges to the Gray Wolf team,” said VAQ-142 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Brett Stevenson. “From enduring the daily onslaught of triple digit temperatures

and humidity of the Arabian Gulf, to the fastpaced and complex environment in which our aircrews operated over Iraq and Syria, this team delivered flawlessly on a daily basis with pride and professionalism. I'm extremely proud of what this team has accomplished, and they can each return home with the confidence that they made a very real difference in the fight against our adversaries in the region." The Gray Wolves, along with CVW-11, joined the Indian Navy for Exercise Malabar, a trilateral exercise combining naval forces of the U.S., India, and Japan that strengthened relationships and increased interoperability between the navies. After a brief visit to Chennai, India, the Gray Wolves proceeded to the Arabian Gulf in the U.S. 5th Fleet (C5F) area of operations. The Gray Wolves flew more than 1,000 hours and executed almost 200 combat missions to Iraq and Syria in support of OIR. The squadron also provided electronic attack during two

expeditionary operating base detachments in support of high-priority U.S. Central Command tasking, totaling close to 500 sorties and more than 1,500 hours throughout all C5F operations. Sailors of VAQ-142 had the opportunity to experience local culture during port calls in Manama, Bahrain, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as well as participate in volunteer activities while ashore to strengthen ties with overseas partners. Before heading back to the U.S., Nimitz Carrier Strike Group participated in three-carrier strike force operations in the Western Pacific alongside the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Strike Groups. The Gray Wolves flew in exercises combining the air wings of all three carriers and B-1B Lancer aircraft from the U.S. Air Force. “This is my third deployment and this one was definitely the hottest,” said Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) 1st Class Jerome

Boring, a Pensacola, Florida, native. “There's a certain measure of extra pride and professionalism I see when it comes to working on the Growlers. There's a desire in the squadron to take the time and get everything right and make sure our planes not only work their best, but also look their best." During the deployment 16 Gray Wolves earned their Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist qualification, while eight advanced to paygrade E-4, eight to E-5 and two advanced to E-6. VAQ142 leadership also awarded Sailors 16 Air Medals, two Safety Professionals awards, three Navy Commendation Medals, 29 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, nine Good Conduct Medals, 10 flag letters of commendation, 21 letters of commendation, and seven letters of appreciation. VAQ-142 provides worldwide tactical airborne electronic attack against targets at sea or ashore in support of U.S. and coalition combat forces.

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Thursday, December 7, 11:00am CPO Club, 1080 Ault Field Rd, Oak Harbor

Tuesday, December 12, 1:00pm-3:00pm 2720 Heller Road, Fire Station #25, Oak Harbor

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“Day of Infamy - Witnesses” - The PBY Memorial Foundation will be joining with the Association of Naval Aviators for a no host luncheon. There will be various speakers lending voices to written eyewitness accounts of the attack on Pearl Harbor, HI on that day in 1941. The floor will also be opened for audience participation in relating these stories. The public is invited to this free event. Call (360) 240-9500 for directions and more information.

Holiday potluck lunch & show and tell. Members and friends are invited to bring a story of their genealogical research or interesting ancestor or show and tell about a family heirloom. Dress in the manner of one of your ancestors if you’d like. Bring a potluck dish to share. All are welcome to come and enjoy holiday music, stories, food and an afternoon of fun. Contact Margie Kott at (360) 675-3146 for more information.

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Monday, December 11, 6:00pm-8:30pm Oak Harbor High School Library Pageant Wyse will soon be accepting applications for the 2018 Miss Oak Harbor Scholarship Pageant to be held on Mar. 10, 2018. Any Oak Harbor freshman-senior girl who would like more information about competing for college scholarships totaling over $8000 is encouraged to attend. Meet the Pageant Wyse Board of Directors and past Miss Oak Harbor royalty, and have all your questions about the pageant answered. For more information, visit pageantwyse.org or email pageantwyse@ gmail.com.

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The theme for December is “Patterns”. You may submit up to 3 photographs for discussion during the meeting to absolutescience@ hotmail.com. Whidbey Island Camera Club, a community club, is open to the public. If you have questions, please email tina31543@ comcast.net For more Meetings and Organizations, visit www.whidbeyweekly.com

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Refresh your driving skills and know the new rules of the road. Learn research-based driving strategies to help you stay safe behind the wheel. Each class requires a total of 8 hour mandatory course hours. Cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for nonmembers. For more information, call (866) 955-6301.

Saturday, December 9, 9:00am-10:30am Langley Whale Center, 105 Anthes Ave, Langley Learn about the Whale Sightings Network from Sightings Coordinator, Alisa Lemire Brooks. Participants will learn how to see, identify and report whales from shore and how to share information with others. For current volunteers and those interested in becoming volunteers at the Langley Whale Center, Whale Sightings Network or other Orca Network projects and events. No charge, pre-register at alisa@orcanetwork.org

DUI/Underage Drinking Prevention Panel Saturday, December 9, 12:45pm Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland No pre-registration required, no late admittance allowed. Open to all and required by local driving schools for driver’s education students and parents. For more information, call (360) 672-8219 or visit idipic.org

Wednesday, January 24: 8:00am-4:00pm Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St.

Saturday, December 16, 9:00am-5:00pm NWSA Range, Oak Harbor Cost: $25, includes a book This class is designed to present the basic knowledge and skills and explain the attitude necessary for the safe handling and storing of guns in the home. The course will also familiarize participants with safe gun handling procedures and guidelines for storing pistols, rifles, and shotguns in the home. This is a NONfiring course; the emphasis is on safe handling, not marksmanship. For questions or to register, call NRA instructor John Hellmann at (360) 675-8397 or email NWSA.Training@gmail. com. Additional information can be found at www.northwhidbeysportsmen.org.

DUI/Underage Drinking Prevention Panel

AARP Smart Driver Safety Classes Wednesdays, December 13 & 20, 8:30am-12:30pm Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

NRA Home Firearms Safety Class

Saturday, December 16, 12:45pm Oak Harbor Library Meeting Room No pre-registration required, no late admittance allowed. Open to all and required by local driving schools for driver’s education students and parents. For more information, call (360) 672-8219 or visit idipic.org

Come raise your voices at the second annual NorthWhidbey Community

Christmas Sing-Along!

Wednesday, December 13 • 5:30pm to 8:00pm St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 555 SE Regatta Dr • Oak Harbor • 360-279-0715

No singing talent required! Lyrics will be provided! Children are welcome! Please bring a favorite Christmas treat (cookies, appetizers, etc) to share. Beverages will be provided. At the sing-along, we will also gather gifts for the less fortunate in our community. As you are able, please bring warm socks and gloves that we will give to those served by the Spin Café in Oak Harbor.

Langley United Methodist Church

Chancel Choir, Tone Chime Choir and String Quartet present

"O Holy Night"

Saturday, December 16, 7pm in the Sanctuary

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HOLIDAY PARTY! Friday, December 15, 6-9PM ELKS LODGE • 155 NE Ernst Street • Oak Harbor Join friends and neighbors for dinner, dancing, and live music. Menu will feature “South of the Border Cuisine”.

Entertainment includes vocalist Valetta Faye, the Just-N-Time band, and singer-songwriter Steve DeHaven. Trish Rose (USAF Major General, retired) will talk on “Diversity & Inclusion”. Tickets are $40 at the door, or RSVP and buy on line for a discount. For details, visit www.WhidbeyIslandDemocrats.org/HolidayGathering2017 or call 360-678-6788

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Let’s Dish! with Kae Harris

FOLLOW THE GINGERBREAD CRUMBS TO THIS HOUSE! Today while I was walking through a craft store, I took stock of all the festive adornments. All the glitter and tinsel, and the myriad of colors in every kind of decoration imaginable. I particularly love the more child-like, candy land themed décor this time of year, for obvious reasons – my sweet tooth. But aside from this, I find it to be so jolly! Then when I walked down the baking aisle, I spotted it. The famed Gingerbread House! In all its dark and delicious glory, it motioned me over to it. But alas, I couldn’t get a whiff of the robust allspice and clove scent which Gingerbread is renowned for, because it was in a box. This made me determined to bake my own. There’s nothing quite like that sharp zap ginger doles out in anything it’s added to. I mean, with a history as long as its flavor is deep, ginger has had a few thousand years to intensify our foods in such wondrous ways. Zingiber Officinale, or ginger, comes from the same lineage as turmeric and cardamom and is a warming spice. It goes back at least 5,000 or so years and was used by the ancient Chinese and ancient Indians as a wellness tonic. From quite early on in its introduction into human health and dietary exploits, ginger traveled far and wide: to ancient Rome where it was a staple in many a Roman pantry until the empire fell. It became a rather dear spice and when it was imported was done so in a preserved state.


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From meats and sweets to tonics and pastes, ginger has lent itself tastily to pretty much everything it is put into. So when I stood looking at the boxes of Zingiber Oficinale Houses, I wondered, “Whose idea was this, anyway?” Apparently, the first recipe for gingerbread sprang up in 2400 BC in ancient Greece. The Chinese further expanded on these recipes throughout the 11th century or so, and by the time the Middle Ages rolled around, the Europeans were working on their own versions of gingerbread, especially a crunchy cookie kind. These were supremely popular at medieval fairs. So when it comes to the actual spicy abodes, it is believed they originated during the 1500s in Germany. Which makes sense, because their invention seems to have been inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel.” Of course! It absolutely fits, because the gingerbread houses we know and love today were fashioned after the house Hansel and Gretel came across in the woods – it was made completely out of sugar and spice and everything nice! Now, some people say the fairy tale itself actually took its inspiration from the gingerbread house as opposed to the other way around, and are we truly ever to know which way it went? Perhaps not, and that’s okay. But would a gingerbread house, or likewise the yummy little people, be as delicious as they are without another equally important ingredient? The molasses! I don’t think so, because the deep, distinctive flavor really enhances what the ginger


brings to the table. Molasses’ first mention is believed to have been in a Portuguese book describing the takeover of the West Indies where sugar was abundant. Now, this sweetener - dark, thick and ever so slightly bitter - can be made from sugarcane, grapes, beets and sorghum. The entire process is quite involved and rather lengthy, consisting of cutting the plants, boiling them, straining them, skimming and boiling them again. If the molasses is boiled for a third time, it is called blackstrap molasses, because of its reduced sugar content. And because it contains vitamins and minerals such as copper, magnesium, vitamin B 6, potassium and iron to name a few, it has a higher nutritional value. A win-win in gingerbread I must say! Perhaps though, the nutritional value is levied after the fact, when it is baked into sweet, strong, potent gingerbread perfection and then decorated with all sorts of candies, treats and especially royal icing. The royal icing is literally the glue which pulls these houses together. It is the mortar that begins the transformation from plain to whimsical, and takes very few ingredients to make. The traditional recipe for royal icing calls for raw egg whites, so if you’re a little leery of consuming it, it's okay, there are other ways to make the glue for your gingerbread homes. All you need is 9 tablespoons of chickpea (garbanzo beans) brine, 4 cups sifted confectioners sugar and 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (though this is optional). Whisk the chickpea brine with an electric mixer until it’s foamy. Then, gradually add the confectioners sugar and mix on high until it looks shiny and glossy. This is when you stir in your vegetable glycerin, if you are using any, and continue beating until soft peaks form. If you want thicker gingerbread house glue, add more sugar and if you would prefer it to be a little thinner, merely add more brine. This is truly a wonderful recipe I was lucky enough to find this week at www.wallflowerkitchen.com. I added a little lemon extract to mine because I like some tartness to go with the zing of the ginger. After making all the parts of the house, all that’s left to do is assemble it and really this one’s up to you. How tall or short is a matter of personal preference. What will drape across its façade, all touches are left up to the gingerbread builder – you! This is a great family activity and

kids especially love it for the freedom it allows to be creative, not to mention all the sweeties you can use! But you don’t just have to use candy and sugar. You can use anything from raisins and sultanas, to cashew nuts, pumpkin, sunflower and carob seeds and even cacao nibs if you choose. Perhaps you want your roof to have snowflakes, in which case wide-cut unsweetened coconut is an excellent choice! The embodiment of your vision for a gingerbread house is all in your imagination and creative endeavors! Dear Readers, I do hope you make some gingerbread people or houses and if you do, I would love to see pictures of them! I am including the recipe I use and I hope you like it! Please send all your comments, questions, information, recipes and pictures, of course, to letsdish.whidbeyweekly@gmail.com and let’s do just that – Dish! Gingerbread People/House ½ cup molasses (I use the unsulfured kind) 1-½ teaspoons ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon allspice 1 teaspoon clove 2 teaspoons baking soda ½ cup light brown sugar (you can use regular) 1 egg, beaten ½ cup butter 3-½ cups all-purpose flour In a medium saucepan stir together the molasses, ginger, sugar, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and mix in the baking soda. (It will foam, so don’t worry.) Stir in the butter until it is completely melted, then mix in the egg first, followed by the flour. Use a fork to do this. Remove the mixture from the pan on to a floured surface; knead the gingerbread dough well. Divide into two and wrap one half with plastic wrap and set aside. Roll out the other half to approximately ¼ inch thickness and use your cookie cutters to cut out your house. Bake at 325°F for 12 minutes and cool before assembling. www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/gingerbread-forcookies-or-a-gingerbread-house-149257 www.livescience.com/39624-what-is-molasses.html www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/historygingerbread To read past columns of Let's Dish in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www.whidbeyweekly.com.

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Resistance to trouble is often more painful than the trouble itself. A family member or close friend sets a good example for you on the 9th.


ARIES (March 21-April 19) Events this week are likely to revolve around a subject of great interest that recently piqued your curiosity. If you’re in need of more information to satisfy that curiosity, take heart. Someone who knows more than you is willing to share what they know. Watch for this person to appear, possibly on the 9th, and waste no time when they do. They won’t be impressed by small talk, so get right to the point, and no dilly-dallying. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You may find yourself in competition this week with a loud and boastful someone who thinks they know more than you and isn’t afraid to say so. What this know-it-all really wants is the control to do things their way. Depending on the situation, you may need to acquiesce to get them out of your hair. Should you need backing to bolster your position and stand defiant, remember that the weight of tradition carries great authority. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) Of major concern this week is some unfinished business that you long ago pushed to the back burner until a better day. The time to deal with it is now. Don’t be dismayed; the cosmic wind is at your back. Your efforts to get to the bottom of things will be supported in ways they were not before. More than surface appearances, it’s the deep structure of things that you now have the power to transform. The 9th brings clues. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Children and education issues may make extra demands on your time this week. At the same time, lesser matters may be in competition for your attention, which means that you will need to budget your time and practice your juggling skills. Since “children” come in all ages and sizes, you are cautioned to be liberal in defining who the children are in your life. The 9th should provide some vitally needed clues. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You probably feel entitled to a little more pampering than you’ve been getting lately. If you play your cards right this week, you can get the TLC you want, and do so without making it a big issue. The right approach, couched in a few kind words and spoken at the right time, carries you far. Be forewarned that if your timing is off, you risk igniting sparks, instead of perks. Weigh matters carefully on the 9th. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Opportunities for happiness are something you must make for yourself this week. Rainbows and unicorns may not be falling into your lap, but you can be happy, nevertheless. If all else fails, surrendering to your circumstances is the foolproof way out of difficulty.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Honesty is the best policy this week. You have everything to gain from stating the facts simply and realistically. Bending under pressure from that opinionated someone who would like you to change your story will only come back to haunt you later in the week. Rosy descriptions that paint things as being better than they are may appease, but reality will quickly prove them false. Watch the 9th for developments. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Strong inducements to invest in something that you don’t really understand are your sign that it’s time to stop and take a closer look. It’s an easy week to let wishful thinking and grandiose projections cloud your good judgement. Miscalculations on the 9th have a way of taking you even further off course by the end of the week. Watch for a third party to appear who can shed much light on a murky situation. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) It’s okay that you are making heavy demands on yourself in ways that probably limit your social interactions. Time constraints and the need to prioritize will become a fact of life in the weeks and months to come. The more you stay focused on the matters at hand, the more you stand to accomplish inwardly. The connection of the inner you to outer events is beginning to show itself. Watch for confirmation on the 9th. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Business and social contacts are your best bet to generate advancement opportunities this week. A careful check is likely to reveal some of these to be less than practical over the long term. Due diligence is thus advised. Don’t rule out the value of looking at old situations through new eyes. Your most valuable contacts will be spontaneous and unplanned. Watch the 9th closely and be ready to act. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb 18) It’s not the problem that matters this week, as much as how you respond to it. Consultation with a higher authority may be advisable before deciding on a solution. When choosing an authority, remember that the one who talks loudest is not necessarily the most knowledgeable. Your decision, as well as the final responsibility for it, are yours alone in the end. Weigh input on the 9th accordingly. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) It will never be easier than now for you to put your feelings aside long enough to view your situation in a coldly rational way. A brief moment of detachment will increase your chances of finding workable solutions. The right person to facilitate the process is due to appear this week, and it may not be the one you think. Family members may be part of the problem as well as the solution. Watch the 9th for clues.

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

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Whidbey Playhouse gives the gift of “A Christmas Carol” By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly

The Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor has a special gift for all this holiday season – a musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol,” opening Thursday and running through Sunday, Dec. 17. Under the direction of Eric George and Tatyana Moore, this adaptation by longtime Playhouse volunteer Stan Thomas has all the warmth of the traditional “A Christmas Carol” served up with a seasonal side of -what else? – Christmas carols. “I love the story and have seen every adaptation,” Thomas said. “It’s got a great plot and Dickens is so witty. But I wanted more than just the drama of “A Christmas Carol.” I wanted to lighten it up by including that traditional holiday music as well.” Thomas created a group of Madrigal singers (or carolers) who also serve as narrators to move the story along. The infusion of classic holiday music is a unique way of helping the play through its many transitions. But there is enough of the original play to satisfy that hunger for the traditional, classic drama of “A Christmas Carol.”

Because Thomas did the adaptation, George said he was eager to work on this particular production. “I wanted to do it because I knew Stan had done the adaptation and I know how much he loves the story of “A Christmas Carol,” so I knew it was going to be true to the original,” he said. “The music breaks up the drama and balances it out to make it the perfect show for the holidays.” The cast for this production is large. There are about 30 people playing multiple roles. That’s a lot of moving parts to keep up with, according to directors. “It’s really challenging, but worth the reward in the end,” said George. “When you see all the hard work come together, it’s really satisfying.” For co-director Tatyana Moore, 19, who has been involved in the Would Be Players (the Playhouse’s youth theater program) the most difficult part of her job was also the most satisfying.

“It’s a wonderful story that focuses on the concept of transformation,” said Thomas of why he feels “A Christmas Carol” appeals to audiences. “Dickens is a genius, taking Ebenezer Scrooge through time and seeing that transformation occur in him. We all hope for transformation, that even we can become better people.” “How many of us wish we could change?” said co-director Eric George. “There’s something appealing in the story itself. We see this horrible individual experience an entire lifetime over the course of one night and he realizes he’s better off because of it – it relates to most everybody.”

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Ebenezer Scrooge (Benjamin Honeycutt) thinks he hears something before settling in for the night in the Whidbey Playhouse production of “A Christmas Carol,” opening Thursday in Oak Harbor.

“This was my first time directing adults,” she said. “It was nice to get them to listen to me, to hear me and to realize I have something important to say.” George and Moore, who also make appearances on stage during the show, traded off directing scenes so they could concentrate on the sections for which they were responsible. It was a technique that worked well for them.

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Ebenezer Scrooge (Benjamin Honeycutt) greets the ghost of Christmas present (Ron Wilhelm) in the Whidbey Playhouse’s holiday production of “A Christmas Carol,” which opens Thursday and runs through Dec. 17 in Oak Harbor.

“The cast has been great and there are so many funny moments,” said Moore of her experience. “It’s the little moments that mean the most.” There is a broad mix of actors involved in this production, from those with a great deal of stage experience to those who have never done it before. There is a broad age range as well, from young cast member Ellie Collette, who plays four different characters throughout the course of the production, to more experienced cast members like Benjamin Honeycutt, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge and Lisa Judd, who plays the ghost of Scrooge’s deceased partner, Marley. “I like it because I get to meet new people and I like that I get attention,” said Collette. “Age doesn’t define someone’s talent,” said Hailey Winch, 15. Winch said she normally works as part of the stage crew, but she is doing some of both in this production, appearing as three different characters in the show. “A lot of the actors are really young, but they’re talented,” she said, adding that “A Christmas Carol” is an emotional story. “It shows every bit of emotion,” Winch said. “You’ll laugh, there are scary scenes, scenes that will make you cry – it’s like a roller coaster of emotion.”

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly The Cratchit family gathers around Tiny Tim (Julian Lowery) in “A Christmas Carol,” the Whidbey Playhouse holiday production starting Thursday in Oak Harbor.


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early is crucial in giving people the tools they need to feel better. We just need to start the conversation.” “We felt it was important to make a movie that could raise awareness to open up the conversation and provide hope,” said Andreen, IndieFlix CEO and “Angst” Producer. “So many people struggle with anxiety and have trouble talking about it. We want to change that.” Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, with age seven being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Everyone involved in the

development of “Angst” has a personal experience with anxiety – from the producers to the interviewees. “The conversation surrounding mental health really hits home for me,” said Michael Phelps. “Many people don’t understand how debilitating mental illness truly can be, and even more than that, how common it is, yet people are afraid to have the serious discussions about it. I welcomed the opportunity to be a part of ‘Angst’ to further the dialogue around mental health and to help people understand the impact anxiety has on our mental state and encourage people, especially kids, to ask for help.” “Angst” screens in schools and communities across the world. The IndieFlix original film is expected to reach more than three million

“I’ve never been on stage before, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Kathy Hawkes, who plays Mrs. Fezziwig and a charwoman. “I’m having so much fun. It’s

people around the world, through 25,000 community and school screenings [Submitted by Kristina Macarro, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, SWSD]

Teach me to Give at LFCC’s Believable Women’s Ministry Living Faith Christian Center (LFCC) is looking for single moms or moms with a deployed husband to partake in their Christmas Store Blessing. LFCC has created a Christmas store atmosphere for children to shop for their moms at no cost. On December 16 the children will pick out a gift, allowing them to take part in the JOY of Giving. For more information or to apply, please email ChristmasLFCC@ gmail.com. First 50 moms guaranteed. [Submitted by Kaui Asinsin]

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Bob Cratchit, played by Luke Walker, is overly cautious of his boss’s behavior in “A Christmas Carol,” opening Thursday and playing through Dec. 17 at the Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor.

a festive show. It will get you in that holiday spirit.” “It’s really been fun getting to know the characters and be a part of this,” said Leslie Gonzalez, who is also making her first appearance at the Playhouse. “It’s such a heartwarming story. If you’re having a bad day, come see it and it will pick you right up.” Performances of “A Christmas Carol” will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday through Dec. 17. Tickets and information are available online at www.whidbeyplayhouse.com. If you love the classic Dickens story, unwrap a gift early and check out the Whidbey Playhouse’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” “I guarantee you will leave happier than when you came in,” said George. “It’s Christmas,” said Moore. “It’s love, it’s happiness, it’s a story everyone knows. It’s tradition.”

Good Cheer Garden Shed Raffle Good Cheer Food Bank is raffling a brand new, one-of-a-kind garden shed! Lots of fun details from the whimsical roof line, locking front door, a sliding window, and a light with a switch along with an outlet which is powered by plugging an extension cord into it. Tickets are $5 each or 6 tickets for $25. Purchase the tickets at any Good Cheer location or email shawn@goodcheer.org. Random act of kindness, buy a ticket and put your friend’s name on it. The proceeds from this shed will go to support the Good Cheer Food Bank which feeds over 800 South Whidbey families each month. BITS & PIECES

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Seriously, we do not make this stuff up! WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25 2:36 pm, Skagit Ave. Reporting party advising mother's half sister showed up at location; now arguing with everyone, trying to get grandparents to change the will.

12:51 pm, N Sunset Dr. Party reporting subjects digging ditches over water mains. States they don't have permit, no company logo, just subjects digging in area. Reporting party talked to them and they said “Go to hell.”

4:11 pm, SE Bayshore Dr. Caller reporting subject at location wearing her stolen property.

1:34 pm, Colonial Way Party requesting call referencing dog from Colonial Way defecating in reporting party's yard; ongoing problem.

5:04 pm, SW Swanton Ave. Caller advising female subject is harassing caller and his girlfriend, calling them names and cussing at them. 6:35 pm, W North Camano Dr. Party advising he left location around 4:30 pm and when he returned he says pictures on the walls were on the floor. Doors were still locked when he got back, says he has already searched the house. 7:53 pm, Shadowood Dr. Caller advising a friend has been drinking and wants to leave caller's house; requesting deputy come and give friend a test to make sure they are okay to drive. 11:26 pm, W Monticello Dr. Reporting party requesting call referencing having suspended license and needing to drive approximately four miles. Caller wants to know what to do; states absolutely has to do it because the person stole her tractor. THURSDAY, OCT. 26 8:02 am, SW Barrington Dr. Caller advising subject is making lewd gestures, yelling at passersby at location. 8:21 am, SR 20 Reporting party advising male was in location eating from the bulk food. 9:40 am, S Main St. Caller reporting male and female outside location arguing, throwing phones. Both wearing large winter coats, backpacks. 1:42 pm, Four Eagles Ln. Party requesting call; states security cameras placed at property have been stolen. 3:26 pm, Smith Rd. Reporting party advising female left from location, familiar with law enforcement, appears to be on something. Party says she is going house to house stating she is looking for her son. 3:44 pm, S Main St. Caller advising woman approximately 30 years old ranting and raving at passersby. 8:03 pm, NE 3rd St. Reporting party asking for patrol then saying “these people think it's legal for me to have my head taken off.” FRIDAY, OCT. 27 6:40 am, S. Oak Harbor St. Caller reporting someone in her house. States after waking up she noticed toilet was running and the toilet seat was up. 8:49 am, Newman Rd. Reporting party advising goats loose in area; party ran them back down driveway. 9:21 am, Newman Rd. Caller advising goats came back on her property again; party ran them back off to the owner's property. Caller received text from male owner stating “you do what you need to do.”


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1:43 pm, SE Barrington Dr. In lobby requesting assistance about where to place decal on back window. 3:42 pm, NW Longview Dr. Reporting party advising neighbor is out threatening to shoot kids on his lawn.

Life Tributes JILL MARIE ALLGIRE SCHACHT Jill Marie Allgire Schacht passed away at home surrounded by her loving family Friday, December 1, 2017 after a three-year battle with cancer. She was 67 years of age. Jill was a familiar face in Oak Harbor as the long-time owner of The Casual House. A funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday, December 9, 10:00 am at St Augustine Catholic Church with Rev. Paul Pluth as Celebrant. Rite of Committal will be held at Maple Leaf Cemetery immediately following the Mass. After the Committal, family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life, complete with Jazz music, at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club. A full obituary will follow. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials to Centrum in Port Townsend. Please direct your donation to the Jill Schacht Jazz Vocalist Scholarship at http://centrum.org/donate-to-centrum/.

WILLIAM F. “BILL” REEVES William Francis “Bill” Reeves passed away quietly in Ventura, CA November 9, 2017, ten days before his 90th birthday. He is preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Barbara, his parents, and his two brothers. He is survived by his five children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

SATURDAY, OCT. 28 9:27 am, NW Crosby Ave. Caller reporting called three days in a row and waiting for officer to call her back about speeding vehicles in area. 12:22 pm, Possession Rd. Party reporting two males in truck launched boat then couldn't start truck; reporting party tried to help them and one male got nervous, saying “I can't deal with this, we gotta do this now.” 1:17 pm, SW Fort Nugent Ave. Caller advising parent tripped her son after soccer game. Caller states adult did this on purpose due to her son going through their tunnel. 2:12 pm, Bells Beach Rd. Caller reporting mail truck going the wrong direction down the street, ignoring “wrong way” signs; no plate for mail truck and no identifying number. 3:33 pm, SW Erie St. Caller advising she witnessed female flick her child in the face.


Bill was born November 19, 1927 in Manchester, IA. He attended local schools and graduated in 1945. He was active in all sports, winning All State honors in football in 1944. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served until 1949. He saw service in the Pacific and the China coast aboard the Destroyer Brush. He went to work for Security First National Bank in 1951 and retired 36 years later as Vice President and Branch Administrator of the Bixby Knolls office in Long Beach. He held a graduate degree in banking and finance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a lifetime instructors certificate from the California junior college system. He retired to beautiful Oak Harbor, WA in 1983 with his wife Barbara, where he served as the Knights of Columbus 19th District Deputy of Washington State. Bill was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ventura, the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and The Order of the Elks. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, December 9, noon at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ventura, with burial to follow in the spring in the Veterans’ section of the Paso Robles District Cemetery.

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3:55 pm, Bonito Way Reporting issues with neighbor who is outside yelling with other neighbors, people taking pictures. Advising problem neighbor is calling them all drug addicts.

Drawing will be held at Langley Good Cheer on December 16 at 5:00pm.

5:42 pm, SR 20 Caller reporting adult male subject has been in area most of the day; has a lot of teddy bears and kids books with him; spent most of the day sleeping outside the business.

The South Whidbey Garden Club is seeking grant applications from non-profit organizations for projects that better the south end of the island. Specifically, projects should foster or demonstrate environmental stewardship, horticultural education or community beautification. Funds for this Grant may be used as matching for larger funding proposals. Maximum amount awarded is $500.

6:55 pm, NW Grace St. Reporting party advising they went to Halloween parade, came back and male has tied a line from his car to reporting party's car. Some kind of tow strap? Caller said male who did this was upset because reporting party blocked his car in. 8:30 pm, Taylor Rd. Reporting party very upset, locked kids in truck; a two year old and four year old. Says friend is on the way with keys. 9:58 pm, Sidney St. Female shouting “Get off my property now;” Caller reporting neighbor came over yelling at caller about flood light in front yard; won't leave caller's property. Report provided by OHPD & Island County Sheriff’s Dept.

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Proposals must be submitted by January 8, 2018. For an application or details, contact Sandy Eschen at (425) 443-5672 and leave a message or e-mail sandyeschen@hotmail.com [Submitted by Jeanne Beals]

Highest Degree Conferred on Grangers from Whidbey

Deer Lagoon Grange Members recently attended the 151st National Grange Conven-

tion is Spokane, Washington. Six members seeking Conferral of the 7th degree attended the Convention Center Saturday afternoon, November 11, in order to be awarded the 7th Degree (the highest degree in the order). The recipients are: Kenneth and Marta Schillinger of Langley; Gary and Tarey Kay, Tori Johnson, and Chris Van Wetter, all of Clinton. The other Deer Lagoon Grange members to attain the 7th Degree are Chuck and Judy Prochaska of Greenbank (Sparks NV in 2007). The total number of 7th Degree Deer Lagoon Grange members, now eight, is the highest number in at least the last quarter century. The Grange also has two sixth degree, 5 fifth degree, and 5 forth degree members. The members of Deer Lagoon Grange are asking the community for help in making 2018 a great year for Grangers. 1.) The 129th Washington State Grange Convention will be in Mt. Vernon at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in June. 2.) The Whidbey Island Fair will be in July. The Deer Lagoon Grange needs help with outreach to the school system, such as their annual distribution of dictionaries to third grade students, and they need help in their efforts to make the 113 year old Grange building a better Community Center. For more information, call (360) 321-5747. [Submitted by Chuck Prochaska]

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By Carey Ross A Bad Moms Christmas: Just because this movie is now seasonally appropriate, does not make it good.  (R • 1 hr. 57 min.) Coco: As a creative filmmaking force, Pixar is unmatched. The unstoppable animation juggernaut rolls out another instant classic, this time centering its story on budding musician Miguel, who takes a stunning journey of sight and sound in the Land of the Dead in order to unlock the secrets of his family history. Bring a hanky–this one packs an emotional punch.  (PG • 1 hr. 45 min.) Daddy’s Home 2: The unlikely comedy team of Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell are back to bring you seasonal cheer and they’re bringing Mel Gibson with them. Remember when Gibson was the most problematic man in Hollywood? Boy, that really seems like a simpler time.  (PG-13 • 1 hr. 38 min.) Just Getting Started: Two old men–Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones–have a pissing contest to determine who is the most alpha of the alpha males and their prize is Rene Russo. Just what the world needs right now: a cinematic celebration of toxic masculinity.  (PG-13) Justice League: Go for Gal Gadot. Stay for Jason Momoa. Take or leave Ben Affleck.  (PG-13 • 1 hr. 50 min.) Lady Bird: Written and directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan (both of which will no doubt earn Oscar nominations), this tiny indie film is currently the bestreviewed film in the history of movie-review aggregator Rotton Tomatoes. Everyone who has watched it, loves it. Come see what all the fuss is about.  (R • 1 hr. 33 min.)

Murder on the Orient Express: Kenneth Branagh dons the most magnificent mustache ever seen on the big screen to play Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, who must solve the author’s most famous mystery amid a cast that includes Johnny Depp, Penelope

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Whidbey Residential Rentals, Inc. We Manage Your Home As If It Were Our Own. 360-675-9596 • www.whidbeyres.com 285 NE Midway Blvd • Suite #2 • Oak Harbor ANNOUNCEMENTS Pregnant? Need baby clothes? We have them and the price is right–FREE. Pregnancy Care Clinic, open most Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 4pm. Call (360) 221-2909 or stop by 6th and Cascade in Langley. Be the difference in a child's life and become a foster parent today! Service Alternatives is looking for caring, loving, and supportive families to support foster children. (425) 923-0451 or mostermick@ servalt-cfs.com The Whidbey Island community is encouraged to try out the paddling sport of dragon boating with the Stayin' Alive team. Our team's mission is to promote the physical, social, and emotional benefits of dragon boating. It has been shown to be especially beneficial to cancer survivors. Practice with us for up to 3 times for free. Life-jackets and paddles provided. Saturdays at the Oak Harbor Marina, 8:45am. Contact njlish@ gmail.com. More info at our Facebook Page: https://www. facebook.com/NorthPugetSou ndDragonBoatClub?ref=hl Medical Marijuana patients unite; If you need assistance, advice, etc. please contact at 420patientnetworking@gmail. com. Local Whidbey Island help. If you or someone you know has been a victim of Homicide, Burglary, Robbery, Assault, Identity Theft, Fraud, Human Trafficking, Home Invasion and other crimes not listed. Victim Support Services has Advocates ready to help. Please

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JEWELRY Oval amethyst ring set in sterling silver, $50 OBO; White button pearl earrings, 8mm, $35 OBO; Pale blue Baroque pearl earrings, 9-10mm, $45 OBO. Call (360) 331-1063 (3)

LAWN AND GARDEN 25 aluminum silver deck post caps, $3 each; 200 feet new 8” heavy waterline, $4 a foot, obo. Can be used for waterline or drain line. (360) 321-1624 Natural Barnyard Topsoil: Good for gardens, flower beds, etc. Unscreened, 10 yard loads, $225 delivered. South Whidbey (360) 321-1624 No Cheating!

MISCELLANEOUS Large, Fisher wood-burning fireplace insert, $75. In Clinton. Please call (360) 3411894 (1) Over 50 LP (vinyl) albums for sale, various artists, $3 ea. Call (360) 331-1063 (3) A Lehmann Gross Bahn electric “The Big Train” set. Includes train cars and tracks, in original box. Made in West Germany. Please call for details; we can send photos. Best offer. (360) 678-1167 (4) Terrarium: Stained glass (clear glass and green glass panels). 26-1/2 “ tall; diameter of bottom is approximately 16”; diameter of glass top is 10”. Please call for details; we can send photos. Best offer. (360) 678-1167 (4) 39-gallon tall aquarium with screen top. No cracks, holds fish or reptiles. Nice tank, $50;



This is Belle, 2 yr. old, spayed female, terrier mix. She came from a high kill shelter in southern CA. She would do great in a younger retired person's home, she loves to snuggle, give and receive love, she gets along with other dogs, cats ok. No young kids. For a lot more info, call 360-969-2014 or email at familytailsdogrescue@gmail.com or check her out at http://awos.petfinder.com/sheters/WA584.html


Realistic boy doll on rocking horse with cowboy hat, sleeping. Nice gift, $200; Two 6-week old baby Lionhead bunnies, $40 ea. (360) 9295928 (0) Looking for Xmas, Bday, Father's Day, or just Gifts in general? These are LOCAL made crafts, I have about 50-60 of these available. They are $16.00/ea, plus shipping if you want them mailed. CASH preferred. Dimensions are: 5-6"W X 17”L. Contact me at ljohn60@gmail.com.

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GOOD CHEER THRIFT STORE 116 Anthes Ave • Langley 360-221-6455 www.goodcheer.org General thrift store with a large inventory of clothes, furniture, toys, books, housewares, sporting goods, antiques and collectibles. You will be greeted by a friendly atmosphere and great prices. Good Cheer was founded in 1962 to create a hunger-free community on South Whidbey through our Food Bank. GOOD CHEER TWO THRIFT STORE Ken’s Korner Shopping Center SR525 & Langley Rd • Clinton 360-341-2880 www.goodcheer.org General thrift store with a large inventory of clothes, furniture, toys, books, housewares, sporting goods, antiques and collectibles. You will be greeted by a friendly atmosphere and great prices. Good Cheer was founded in 1962 to create a hunger-free community on South Whidbey through our Food Bank.

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY STORE 592 Main Street • Freeland 360-331-6272 Gently used furniture, beds, building supplies, and appliances donated by the community to support affordable housing for low income families of Island County. Donations build houses. Purchases build houses. Houses are affordable because they are sold at no profit, homeowners must contribute sweat equity to reduce purchase costs, low interest loans are provided, and volunteers complete a majority of the construction tasks. Service area is Greenbank, Freeland, Langley, and Clinton. SENIOR THRIFT 5518 Woodard Ave • Freeland 360-331-5701 www.senior-resources.org On the corner of SR525 and Woodard Avenue, Senior Thrift houses over 14,000 square feet, making it the largest single thrift store on Whidbey Island. As a program of Island Senior Resources, we help support vital programs and services to people 50 yrs. and older, with the goal of enabling healthy, active, independent and purposeful lives.

WAIF THRIFT STORE - FREELAND 1660 Roberta Ave • Freeland 360-321-WAIF (9243) ext. 1600 www.waifanimals.org Fun thrift store with a variety of purrfect collectables, meowvelous designer clothing, Pick of the Litter antiques and so much more! Don't miss out on the barking bargains. Proceeds go directly to help Whidbey Island’s homeless pet population. WAIF THRIFT STORE - OAK HARBOR 50 NE Midway Blvd • Oak Harbor • 360-678-8900 ext. 1400 www.waifanimals.org We have furniture, antiques and collectables plus clothing and household items. Proceeds go directly to help Whidbey Island’s homeless pet population. BARC RE-TAIL 20018 SR 20 • Coupeville • 360-678-8900 ext. 1800 www.waifanimals.org We are the “Eclectic Bargain Store.” We have everything from a vintage grape crusher to a unique barber’s chair, from a University of Washington Football locker to an

Iguana cage, doors, windows, tile, appliances, paint, recliners, and so much more. You never know what you will find at “The BaRC.” Not only do we help support the homeless cats and dogs from our “Beautiful Island,” we divert over 250,000 pounds of salvageable items from the Solid Waste Complex and don’t forget we will recycle your printers, fax machine, copiers, keyboards, mice, and other electronic items for a small fee at “The BaRC.”Y’all come down to “The BaRC” and see Bobby and boys. Proceeds go directly to help Whidbey Island’s homeless pet population. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY STORE 350 SE Pioneer Way • Oak Harbor 360-675-8733 Gently used furniture, beds, and appliances donated by the community to support affordable housing for low income families of Island County. Donations build houses. Purchases build houses. Houses are sold at no profit, homeowners must contribute sweat equity to reduce purchase costs, low interest loans are provided, and volunteers complete a majority of the construction tasks. Service area is Oak Harbor and Coupeville.


ISLAND THRIFT 600 SE Barrington Dr • Oak Harbor 360-675-1133 Island Thrift is a non-profit that was established in 1977. Proceeds go to a variety of Island County organizations and charities in the form of grants and gifts. Our store is full of great bargains on clothes, housewares, small appliances, books and much more. When you shop at Island Thrift you help your community. Open for shopping Mon thru Sat 9am to 5:30pm Donations are Mon thru Sat 9am to 4pm. UPSCALE RESALE 210 SE Pioneer Way, Suite 1 • Oak Harbor 360-240-0776 • www.sioakharbor.org Open Wednesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor opened their store in 2012 with the mission “Best for Women”. We supply scholarships to women and girls, support many local charitable events and support mammograms and health screenings for those who can’t afford them. We have gently used clothing, décor, books, antiques, collectibles and furniture. Friendly staff and great prices!