South Whidbey Parks & Recreation Winter Activity Guide 2019

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Active recreation and life-enriching programs for youth and adults


MISSION STATEMENT Parks, facilities and recreation programs for the citizens of South Whidbey Island. CONTACT INFO



SWPRD Recreation Center & Offices

Parks & Recreation Director Doug Coutts, (360) 221-6488

Updates & Errors


5475 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA 98260

Office Phone

(360) 221-5484


(360) 221-7323

E-mail Website Office Hours

Mon-Thu, 8:30am–5pm Fri, 8:30am–4:30pm

Office Closed

December 25 January 1 January 21 February 18

Recreation Supervisor Carrie Monforte, (360) 221-6788 Office Manager Peggy Nelson, (360) 221-5484 Facilities & Grounds Supervisor Tom Fallon, (360) 221-7181

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


Dennis Hunter • Josh Coleman Don Wood • Mark Helpenstell • Matt Simms

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

INCLEMENT WEATHER & POWER OUTAGES Programs may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or power outages. If uncertain, call our voice messaging system at (360) 221-5484 one hour prior to the start to determine program status.

This schedule of classes is published for information purposes only. We strive to produce the most accurate brochure possible. However, some program information may have changed after this brochure has gone to print. We will make every effort to notify participants of the changes. We occasionally have the opportunity to add programs after publishing the guide. Follow us on social media to stay up to date.

School Disclaimer

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

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

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Sometimes programs are canceled because people delay signing up. All programs have minimum attendance. By registering at least 2 weeks in advance of a program, you ensure we meet our program minimum, and give us adequate time to prepare for you. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

REFUNDS & CREDITS 1. Full refunds will be given for all classes canceled by SWPRD. 2. Refunds requested and submitted in writing using the Refund Request Form before the early fee deadline date (or at least 5 business days before start of program if no early fee deadline) will be subject to a 10% service fee, with a minimum service fee of $10. 3. SWPRD account credits requested and submitted in writing using the Refund Request Form before the early fee deadline date (or at least 5 business days before start of program if no early fee deadline) will be good for one calendar year from issue date, for the full fee paid and will not be subject to service fee. 4. Refunds or credits will not be issued if cancelled after deadline date or within 5 business days of program start. 5. To request a refund, a Refund Request Form must be submitted to the SWPRD office in writing. Verbal requests will not be honored. Forms are available at the SWPRD office or online. Please be aware that refund requests may take up to 45 days to process. 6. Refunds will not be issued from an account credit.


REGISTRATION INFO § Symbol indicates contracted programs that have their own refund policies. Contact the contractor directly to inquire about their specific policy.

Please review our refund policies prior to registering. Advance registration is required for all programs unless otherwise stated. It is best if you register at least two weeks in advance of any program start date. All fees are due at the time of registration. We cannot “hold” a space for you without full payment and registration. All programs have a minimum and maximum enrollment. We request that you register early to ensure class minimums are met. We reserve the right to cancel a program if minimums are not met. There is a $25 service charge on all returned checks and declined credit cards. Registration forms are available online at


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

By Mail

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

By Fax or Email

Fax or email completed registration form with credit card authorization. Fax to (360)221-7323 or scan and email to Always call the office at (360)221-5484 to confirm receipt.

In Person

7. Refunds will not be issued for programs costing $10 or less (unless cancelled by SWPRD).

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

8. One day classes, trips, or special events are not covered under this policy (no refunds or credits available).


9. Certain contract programs, indicated with this symbol: §, have their own refund policies. Contact the contractor directly to inquire about their specific policy.

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HIYI YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP FUND The Healthy Island Youth Initiative (HIYI) Committee solicits donations to support ongoing efforts to keep organized healthy activities affordable for all local youth in Island County. The HIYI Scholarship Fund addresses these needs by helping cover the cost of registration fees, equipment and/or other expenses so that youth in Island County can participate in organized physical activities, regardless of their family’s economic status. The South Whidbey Parks & Aquatics Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, is the fiscal agent for HIYI, and receives, holds and distributes funds upon direction from the HIYI committee. Donations to this fund may now be tax deductible. Donations to the scholarship fund should be made payable to South Whidbey Parks & Aquatics Foundation, 5475 Maxwelton Rd, Langley, WA 98260, with a note on the memo line directing it to the “HIYI Scholarship Fund”. Any Whidbey Island youth may apply for assistance to participate in any organized sport or physical activity. The needs-based scholarships are awarded based on financial criteria and commitment to the activity. Those interested in receiving financial assistance should call Carrie at (360) 221-6788 or visit www.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR PROGRAMS There are several needs-based resources available to enable youth to participate in programs with SWPRD. Call (360) 221-6788 for info.

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


5495 Maxwelton Rd, Langley


4330 Bucktail Lane, Clinton


5235 Lakeside Dr, Freeland


5075 Lone Lake Rd, Langley


5475 Maxwelton Rd, Langley


5598 Langley Rd, Langley


Craw Rd & Hwy 525, Langley

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Reservation Options ($)

Meeting space


BBQ Grill

Picnic Shelter


Pickleball Court**

Baseball & Softball Fields

Soccer Fields

Basketball Court

Horse Trail

Play Structure


Boat Ramp or Launch

Lake Swimming*

*Always check for posted closures before swimming




Skate Park & Pump Track


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

RESERVATIONS We request that all groups planning to use our facilities or fields notify us in advance by submitting a Reservation Request Form, which is available on our website and at our park office. Requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on availability. Rental fees may apply. For

additional information about availability and rates, call (360) 221-5484 or visit our website.

Sports Fields

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


You can affordably rent space for parties,


meetings, classes, and special events at our new recreation headquarters or The Crow’s Nest at Community Park (located upstairs above the concession stand).

Picnic Shelters

Our picnic shelters are available for reservation for your party or event, advance reservations required for groups of 20+. Picnic shelters can accommodate 45-75 people.

Run the famed Deception Pass Bridge!

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Ultimate & Baseball for seven years. Warner emphasizes the spirit of sportsmanship combined with skills to compete and is excited to contribute to the growth of Youth Ultimate on SW! (206)783-0911.

FALCON BUDDIES NIGHT At SWHS Varsity Basketball Games

ALL AGES Mark your calendar: The SWPRD Basketball League and their families are invited to come out for an evening of basketball at the SWHS varsity basketball games versus Granite Falls! RSVP-ing online with us gets you on a list to receive a free kids’ admission with paying adult ($6, paid in cash at the game). We’ll have a special rooting section for the Parks & Rec Basketball League. Come cheer for our teams! Bonus: The first 10 kids to RSVP with us will get to join the team in the locker room for the pre-game meeting or post-game meetings.* Players will be dressed and environment will be appropriate for all kids. ONLINE RSVP REQUIRED TO RECEIVE DISCOUNT. RSVP for either the boys’ or the girls’ game, but you may attend both.

Friday, January 25 | Game Start Times: 5pm* Girls; 6:45pm* Boys *Check in and pay your entrance fee at least 15 minutes before the game start. Kids who participate in the pre-game meeting will need to show up at the gym at 6pm.


Location: South Whidbey Sports Complex Min 8/Max 12

Wed/Fri | Mar 13–May 17* | 3-5pm | $20*


GRADES 6-8* Learn and play Ultimate Frisbee! Ultimate combines the continuous movement and endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, and the goal of completing a pass to a player in the end zone. Teamwork, spirit and safety are ingrained in the sport. Participants learn the basics of throwing, catching, and positioning from volunteer coaches. Kids will love trying a new sport in a supportive environment. Ultimate is a player controlled non-contact team sport played with a flying disc on a playing surface with end zones, in which all actions are governed by the ‘Spirit of the Game’. Sports & Fitness Industry Association continues to report Ultimate as one of the fastest growing team sports in the country. Ultimate is genuinely fun and exciting.

*Kids in grades 4-5 with prior Ultimate experience may join. Note: Except Spring Break. Ultimate Frisbee may be cancelled due to weather, field conditions, or scheduling conflicts. If the weather is uncertain, call the Park office 1 hour prior to start time. There will be no make-up days. Plus $15 materials fee to purchase a team disc. The team may choose to sign up for additional tournaments ($).

Bring: Cleats (recommended, not required). Volunteer Coach: Warner Scheyer played Ultimate with UW & Seattle club team Sockeye as a captain and has coached youth

Wheel alignments

All dealerrequired maintenance provided

36 month, unlimited mileage warranty Customer rental cars available

Now Selling Tires

Oil changes while you wait (by appointment)

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20182019 We focus on basketball skill development, teamwork and having fun. We define “winning” as enjoyment of the sport, creating friendship and learning new skills.


Our olunteer coaches are the vital link to ensuring that we provide a high quality and fun league. If you are patient, reliable, good with kids, and knowledgeable about basketball, turn in an application! Applications are available online. Lead Coach’s child plays for free. Approved coaches will be notified shortly prior to the Skills Assessment.


Advance regisration required. Register online at or in person at SWPRD office.

Youth Basketball tips off December 8! Sign up now!

DIVISIONS Grade 1-2 Coed Season: Schedule: Fee:

January to March (Skills Assessment December 8) Games &/or Practices: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Times TBD $85* includes shirt


Grade 3-4 Girls League


Grade 3-4 Boys League

South Whidbey Parks & Recreation 5475 Maxwelton Road, Langley (360)221-6788

*Limited needs-based scholarships are available. SWPRD reserves the right to make division & schedule changes (including possibly switching to coed) as needed based on player turnout, gym availability, and coach availability. Late registration fees may apply after Dec 7 and will be accepted only if space is available.

Season: Practice: Games: Fee: Season: Practice: Games: Fee:

January to March (Skills Assessment December 8) Monday & Wednesday, Times TBD Saturdays, Late January to March (6 min). $85* includes team shirt January to March (Skills Assessment December 8) Tuesday & Thursday, Times TBD Saturdays, Late January to March (6 min). $85* includes team shirt

Grade 5-6 Girls League Season: Practice: Games: Fee:

January to March (Skills Assessment December 8) Monday & Wednesday, Times TBD Saturdays, Late January to March (6 min). $85* includes team shirt

Grade 5-6 Boys League Season: Practice: Games: Fee:

January to March (Skills Assessment December 8) Tuesday & Thursday, Times TBD Saturdays, Late January to March (6 min). $85* includes team shirt

Grade 7-8 Boys Travel Team Season: Games: Fee:

Practices begin in December, Schedule TBD Saturday, January 5-March 9 $190 includes S.W.I.S.H. league fees, practice gyms, jersey.

Traveling teams join the Skagit S.W.I.S.H. League, playing Saturdays (11 game guarantee, not every Saturday) in Skagit County. Practices at South Whidbey gyms will be scheduled by coaches. Follows S.W.I.S.H. League rules & procedures.

Grade 7-8 Girls Travel Team

Girls are given the opportunity to play in the S.W.I.S.H. league in the fall.

ACTIVE RECREATION FOR YOUTH & ADULTS 7 up on your skills, this is the course for you. You will learn the basics of pickleball rules, terminology, primary skills, coordination and more. Come catch Picklemania! We will have loaner equipment available. Location: South Whidbey Community Center Auxiliary Gym Min 4/Max 6


Tue/Thu | Jan 22-24 | 12:45-2:15pm | $20

AGES 7-12 Join us for these exciting sessions of indoor soccer, the fast-paced game. Kids will have lots of fun developing their skills, touches and teamwork whilst playing soccer. Lots of running involved and therefore it’s a great way to keep active during winter. All ability levels are welcome. Please bring normal athletic shoes (no cleats) and wear good active clothing. Limited space available so register early. Instructor: Martin Coombe, martin@ Location: TBA Min 8/Max 10

Fri | Jan 25–Mar 1 | 3:45-4:45 | $38 A 4:45 session may be added if there’s enough interest.

RUNNING CLUB GRADES 4-5 The goal of Road Runners Club of America is to see a youth running club in every school and community in the U.S. Each meeting we will have short discussions regarding health and fitness followed by physical activity. We will focus on proper form, running etiquette, stretching, warming up, cooling down and fun. Every day we’ll head out on the trails and fields of Community Park. Be prepared to participate rain or shine, and help create a supportive environment for your teammates. Coach can meet students at the SWES South Campus flagpole after school, and escort them to the program. Great conditioning for other sports during the year! Coach: Kelly Henriot, 425-238-1812 Location: SWPRD Building Room 111 Min 6/Max 15 8 weeks

Tue/Thu | Mar 12–May 9* | 3:45-4:45pm | $50 *Except April 2, 4.

DISCOVER WHIDBEY WALK-AND-TALKS ADULTS, ACCOMPANIED YOUTH Come walk with us and discover the back roads and trails of Whidbey. You’ll learn some of the history and unique offerings of our island while exploring trails with new friends. We will kick off the series close to home, learning the history and future of South Whidbey Community Park. We’ll also enjoy a walk and talk about local salmon with Whidbey Watershed Stewards at the Maxwelton Stream & trails. Walks are a leisurely pace, and will continue if it’s raining, but may be cancelled due to snow, ice, high winds or thunderstorms. Trail terrain and accessibility will vary. Some walks will be stroller-friendly. This new program is a work in progress – check the website for locations, distances, topics, and more details.

INDOOR PICKLEBALL ADULTS, ALL LEVELS WELCOME Due to popular demand, we’re bringing you one of the fastest growing sports in the nation, Pickleball. This fun and social game is described as a combination of ping-pong, tennis, and badminton. Played on a small court with a low net, it uses whiffle balls and paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast paced, competitive game for experienced players. Pickleball is FUN. Stay active with us, it’s a great work out. Location: South Whidbey Community Center Auxiliary Gym Min 12/Max 18

Tue/Thu | Jan 1–April 30 | 10:30am–12:30pm | $35/month* or $6 drop-in *From the beginning to end of each month; at least 8 per month.

INTRO TO PICKLEBALL Beginner Player Course

ADULTS, BEGINNERS Learn one of the fastest growing sports in the nation, Pickleball! Learn as you play and become a Pickler in no time. If you are new to the game, or would like to brush

8 SPECIAL EVENTS • SPORTS FOR DOGS goofy on the dance floor, have a nice photo taken together, and visit with other dads and daughters.

Photo By David Welton

Saturday, March 2 Your all-inclusive ticket includes refreshments, a digital photo (available online 4 weeks after the dance), and a raffle ticket for a chance at door prizes! Purchase tickets in advance at

POLAR BEAR DIVE Start the New Year off with a splash! Join a fun-loving crowd of nearly 200 jumpers for a bone chilling dive into 2019. WHY?! It’s fun. Seriously! Plus it benefits local youth programs. A New Year’s tradition since 2004. Swim at your own risk; no lifeguard on duty. Registration opens at 10:30am. Splash at noon. $15 fee includes shirt (while supplies last - register in advance online at, hot drinks, and festive atmosphere. Location: Double Bluff Beach at 6325 Double Bluff Rd., Freeland

Tuesday, January 1

Tickets are $30 in advance/$35 at the door (if space is available)/ Tickets for additional daughters: $15 each. Scholarships are available, apply early.

WHIDBEY ISLAND TRIATHLON Kick off your New Year with plans for this!

ADULTS & YOUTH 16+ Join us for the 23rd annual Whidbey Island Triathlon! Beloved by locals and visitors alike for its scenic course and friendly volunteers, the Whidbey Island Triathlon is a great first triathlon for beginners, and still a fun and challenging event for experienced triathletes. The scenic course starts with a 0.5 mile swim in beautiful Goss Lake on Whidbey Island. Leaving the lake on your bike, you’ll begin the 19.5 mile ride on tree-lined paved country roads. The bike course is hilly with views of Saratoga Passage and the North Cascades. Finish with a 3.8 mile run through forest trails at Community Park and on country roads.

Photo By David Welton

DAD & DAUGHTER BALL Save the date for this fun opportunity for dads to take their daughters out for an evening of fun and dancing. This yearly Ball has become a favorite local tradition, with 300+ coming for a special night out together. All ages are welcome, though the dance is most frequented by girls ages 3 to 14. We broaden “dads” to include other adult escorts of the girls’ choice. Not much of a dancer? No matter; John Travolta’s dancing skills are not required when the D.J. plays “YMCA”. Really, it’s simply an evening to put on your best duds, get

Chip timing. Extensive support provided by friendly volunteers. Open to the first 300 bikers, this event has limited space and often fills to capacity, so register early! Registration will open by Feb 1. Awards: Top male and female overall in the triathlon will receive trophies. Top 3 in 5-year divisions will receive neck medals. Top 3 males and females in King Salmon division will receive neck medals. First place in relay team divisions of male, female, mixed, under 99 years, over 99 years, over 149 years and over 200 years combined age will receive neck medals. King Salmon is an optional category in the Individual division for men over 200 pounds or women over 150 pounds. Registration & Info:

Saturday, July 27

READING WITH ROVER LIBRARY READS! Dogs helping Kids Learn to Read

SCHOOL-AGE KIDS Reading to a dog helps children in many ways. Dogs help to create a safe, nonjudgmental, experience, which studies show reduces anxiety, anger, and depression. At the same time, increased self-confidence and self-esteem create a sense of pride and motivation to read independently. Kids LOVE reading to our dogs! This is a free program designed for school-age kids. Monthly “Library Reads” start January 9. Join these wonderful Reading With Rover D.R.E.A.M.* teams at the following locations:

Langley Library: 2nd Wednesdays, starting January 9, 5-6pm Freeland Library: 4th Wednesdays, starting January 23, 5-6pm Reading with Rover™ is a therapy dog program serving the community of the Puget Sound. Reading with Rover is a registered 501(C)3 non profit organization. *Dogs for Reading, Education, Assistance, and More!

SPORTS FOR DOGS 9 Sunday, January 6 or Wednesday, January 9. See for detailed schedule.

Fee: $150 per dog, plus a small materials fee


This fast–growing dog sport teaches you how to encourage and develop your dog’s amazing natural scenting ability by using its desire to hunt and its love of food, toys, and exercise. This exciting detection style activity is appropriate for dogs of any age, breed, or physical ability and handlers of all ages and abilities. Each dog works separately, one at a time, so this is a class for dogs unsuited for a group setting. Classes are offered at all levels, from beginning to advanced dog handler teams. Instructor: Georgia Edwards is a nationallyCertified NoseWork Instructor. A retired cancer physician, she first became interested in canine scent discrimination 25 years ago when her hospital therapy dog was able to identify patients with metastatic breast cancer. Location: “The Doghouse” at Community Park and outdoors; classes may also be held offsite on “field-trips.” Schedule: Ongoing offerings of 6-week sessions for beginning to advanced levels are held Sundays OR Wednesdays. Times vary by level. Winter sessions will start

Mixed breeds, rescues and puppies are welcome. No previous obedience training required but dogs will sometimes be working within 5-10 feet of each other. You must be able to control your dog on leash and get its attention with food. By arrangement, this class can be configured to include dogs who don’t do well around others. Bring to Class: Treats, a buckle collar, and a 6’ leash required. A harness and portable crate or mat are recommended and will be discussed in class.

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compete or just play in the living room on a rainy day. You can even earn your AKC Novice Trick dog title in class!


HUMANS 16+; DOGS OF ALL AGES* Beat the winter blahs! Try out some dog sports while having fun and learning the foundations of good dog training. Dog sports provide mental and physical stimulation, build better relationships and have practical value. They create confidence and trust as you mindfully coach your dog from one challenge to the next, and they enrich both your lives with creativity and variety. In class you’ll get a taste of parkour, agility, rally, scent games, trick training and barn hunt with safe foundation behaviors suitable for dogs and people of all ages and abilities. You’ll also learn how to apply those behaviors to everyday life, as just a single simple behavior can teach you ten lessons of training and be used in a handful of different ways. Along with tips, treat recipes and plenty of examples, you’ll be given information on how to continue with your new interests whether you intend to

Instructor: Victoria Farrington began training dogs with positive reinforcement in 1995 when she became an early adopter, explorer and explainer of clicker training. She has volunteered in shelters, done rescue and foster work, and taught classes at large clubs and small facilities. She wrote for and later became editor of The Clicker Journal, earning the respect of the field’s top professional dog trainers. Her dogs have earned titles in 10 dog sports and at all stages of life. She is an AKC Approved Evaluator for the STAR puppy program, all levels of the Canine Good Citizen and Tricks titles. Location: “The Doghouse” at Community Park, outdoors, and nearby locations Min 2/Max 4

Tue | Jan 15–Feb 19 | 11:30am–1pm | $100 Sat | Jan 19–Feb 23 | 11:30am–1pm | $100 Tue | Mar 12–Apr 16 | 11:30am–1pm | $100 Sat | Mar 16–Apr 20 | 11:30am–1pm | $100 *Must provide evidence of basic vaccinations. An advanced session may be added from 1:30-3pm. Check schedule online.

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CANINE GOOD CITIZEN Charm school for your dog!

HUMANS 16+; DOGS 6+ MONTHS* Do you wish your dog were more courteous? Or better behaved in public? Learn how to teach your dog good manners using the power of positive reinforcement and games you’ll both enjoy. We’ll work on polite greetings, loose leash walking, being handled, and meeting strangers, with an emphasis on self-control, patience and

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cooperation. Prepare your dog to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, learn how to address problem behaviors and teach a few cute tricks along the way. This class is for dogs who are rude or uneducated, not for those who are aggressive or fearful. Dogs will sometimes be working near each other, so you must be able to physically control your dog on leash and get its attention with food. By arrangement, this class can be configured to include dogs who don’t do well around others. Bring to Class: Treats, a buckle collar, and a 6’ leash required. A harness and portable crate or mat are recommended and will be discussed in class. Toys will be used. Instructor: Victoria Farrington, (see bio to the left)

Trupiano has been an active member of Reading with Rover children’s literacy charity, where she currently holds the positions of volunteer, event coordinator, team evaluator, team protocol mentor, therapy team evaluator and therapy prep instructor. LouAnn Hepp had a 25 year+ career in the public schools as a teacher, behavior specialist, and teacher trainer. She left her school career to follow her entrepreneur calling, starting a business to help village women and children in SE Asia. She currently co-owns a business with her husband focusing on malaria and other tropical diseases. Missing the milieu of public education, she and her therapy dog, Ruby, have been volunteering in schools since 2015.

Location: “The Doghouse” at Community Park, outdoors, and nearby locations Min 2 / Max 4

Tue | Jan 15–Feb 19 | 10-11am | $100 Sat | Jan 19–Feb 23 | 10-11am | $100 Tue | Mar 12–Apr 16 | 10-11am | $100 Sat | Mar 16–Apr 20 | 10-11am | $100 *Must provide evidence of basic vaccinations. Fee is per dog. An advanced session may be added from 1:30-3pm. Check schedule online.

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ADULTS AND YOUTH 12+* This evaluation will determine you and your dog’s readiness to enter the Animal Therapy Team Prep Class (see listing at right). Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. No retractable or “flexi” leashes allowed. No aggressive dogs allowed.

READING WITH ROVER THERAPY DOGS Reading with Rover is a therapy dog program which started out as a communitybased literacy program volunteering in the schools and libraries of the Puget Sound area. They now offer the comfort of our therapy dogs at local hospitals, assisted living homes, rehabilitation facilities and are very popular college stress relievers! Visit for more info. For the past 15 years instructor Diana

Location: M-Bar-C Ranch Min 4/Max 10

Sat | Jan 5 | 9am–3pm**| $10*** *Youth must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian. **Participants will register for a 20-minute time slot and should arrive 5 minutes prior to their start time. ***Fee is per evaluation, per dog-handler team.


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ADULTS AND YOUTH 12+* This class will help prepare you and your dog to successfully take the Reading with Rover therapy test (additional fee). Once you have passed the test, you will become a registered therapy team. Our teams volunteer in schools, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice (hospital and hospice visits require additional training). Dogs must have basic obedience skills. In the class we will practice each test exercise using role play. Teams will receive coaching, as needed, to help pass the test, and to use in future visit situations. No aggressive dogs are allowed in class. Bring to class: Blanket, treat pouch, treats. Location: M-Bar-C Ranch Min 4/Max 10

Sat | Jan 12-26 | 1-3pm | $150** per dog *Youth must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.

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There Are Many Ways To Help Whidbey Island’s Shelter Animals!

**Fee is per student. Additional $15-45 for treat pouches, leashes, training collars.

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Become a magician! Discover Magic, is an innovative national education program specially designed to teach key life skills to kids through the process of learning to perform magic. Kids will be engrossed in learning and performing magic while developing valuable social interaction skills: communication skills, self-discipline, and confidence.

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South Whidbey Children's Center Holiday Day Camp For Children from Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Day camp will be from December 26 through January 4th with Center closed New Year’s Day.

• SCIENCE PROJECTS • FIELD TRIPS • ART PROJECTS & MUCH MORE Half day and Full day sessions available. $60.00 registration fee for new children. To register or more information call 360-221-4499 The Camp is held at the South Whidbey Community Center 723 Camano Ave, Room 107, Langley

Monday – Friday 6:30am – 5:30pm • 120 6th St • Langley

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The tricks are designed for first time learners that will not only fool adults, but will develop and unlock exciting possibilities in every child. Visit for more info. Class features custom created props, top secret private files for every child and special bonus material the kids can unlock with a secret code after class. Instructor: JR Russell, Professional Magician, Seattle Magician of the Year 2012, President Society of American Magician Seattle Assembly, Northwest Regional Vice President, Society of American Magicians, Youth Leader of Society of Young Magician Assembly #145, Member of Kidabra Family Entertainers Society, Member of International Brotherhood of Magician. jr@, 360-929-5679 Location: SWPRD Room 111 Min 8/Max 15

Wed | Feb 6–Mar 27 | 2:30-3:30pm | $100* *Additional $50 materials fee due on first day paid directly to instructor. Provides custom magic props, folders, secret files, custom tricks, secret video links. Returning students pay only $80, and don’t need to pay the materials fee.


DRIP IRRIGATION CLASS Plus Intro to Dwarf Conifers & Garden Tour

ADULTS Drip Irrigation, which Rod calls “the best ever adult tinker toy set,” is almost essential for any garden on berms or hillsides (to avoid runoff ) or in gardens of great size. It is very easy to install and maintain if kept simple. Inexpensive timers allow gardeners to go “on vacation” and travel worry-free. No winter protection is required. Come see how 80-year-old Rod does it and get his recommendations for good sources and references, both local and on-line. Using plants both in the garden and in pots borrowed from Bayview Farm & Garden, we’ll explore the great varieties possible with both dwarf and miniature conifers. We will highlight uses of contrasts in shape, colors, textures, and required care, as well as placement suggestions. Instructor Rod Parke has vast experience with teaching about conifers. He has studied under renowned horticulturists and has worked in the nursery trade. His passion is contagious.

Warning: These plants can be addictive! Bring: Pad and pencil or pen Rain-Out Plan: If uncertain weather, call Rod at 206 909-3965 for determination. If class is cancelled, it will be re-scheduled to the following Tuesday. Location: Indoors and outdoors at a private home and garden in Langley. Directions provided after sign-ups. Min 4/Max 15

Tue | Mar 12 | 1-3pm | $20

OYSTER GARDENING Learn to cultivate these seafood gems!

ADULTS & YOUTH AGES 16+ Discover the fun and satisfaction of cultivating your own oyster garden on your beach. Learn about suitable beaches, gear, oyster types, and health and environmental considerations. You will assemble gear for your garden and receive oyster seed to begin growing oysters. The 3-day class will include a visit to an oyster garden and classroom time. Gardening experience is

very helpful and will help you understand the attention required to maintain your oyster garden. Participants should have access to a private beach suitable (details online) for oyster growing, either through ownership or agreement with the owner. Instructor: Kurt Johnson has spent over 30 years in the shellfish farming industry from owning a mussel and oyster farm to developing nursery and grow-out systems for mussels, oysters, scallops and geoducks in the US, Mexico and Canada. Email: Location: A private residence in Freeland and SWPRD Room 111 A 3-day class:

Sat | May 4 (12-3pm), May 11 (1-4pm), Jun 1 (10am–12pm) | $50* *Fee is per household. Additional materials fee of $180 for oyster seed and garden gear, to be collected after determining suitability of your beach for an oyster garden.

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South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District is seeking performers for this summer’s Concerts in the Park series in July and August. Interested persons should complete and submit a quote/application by January 15. Applications will be evaluated by quality of performance, professionalism and cost, weighed with our desire to provide a variety of offerings to the community. Quality promotional materials like photos and links to songs are helpful. Bands will be finalized in April. Contact Carrie at (360)221-6788 or for more information. Bid applications available at and at the SWPRD office.


Pay: Minimum wage to $15/hour, DOE. SWPRD is seeking referees for the Youth Basketball League. Referees are paid for their time working on the court, in addition to the intangible reward of impacting youth lives. The Basketball Referee is responsible for officiating scheduled games and supervising at local gyms. A high level of judgment is necessary. Applicants must successfully pass a criminal background check. Job is seasonal, part time. Apply by December 9. Contact Carrie at (360)221-6788 or visit for info.


Pay: Unpaid, but the rewards are endless! Each year we count on 150+ volunteers PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS to make our programs a success. Consider Pay: Varies; typically a revenue split of 80% volunteering for one of the following: instructor/20% SWPRD • Polar Bear Dive: January 1 Do you have experience teaching • Youth Basketball League: January-March art, fitness, archery, or sports? Do you have a great idea, hobby or something • Whidbey Island Triathlon: July 26-27 new to add to our list of programs? If you answered yes to any of the above questions and have something you’d like to add to the schedule, contact us at (360)221-6788 for more information. Download a Program Proposal Packet from and submit it according to the following schedule: Summer Program Proposals due: Feb. 15 Fall Program Proposals due: June 15 Winter Program Proposals due: Oct. 15

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MARCH Mar 2 Daddy & Daughter Ball Mar 5 Indoor Pickleball Mar 10 Daylight Savings

Dec 8 Youth Basketball League Skills Assessment

Mar 12 Drip Irrigation & Dwarf Conifers

Dec 8 Basketball Referee Application Deadline

Mar 12 Canine Good Citizen


New Year’s Day SWPRD Office Closed

Jan 1

Polar Bear Dive

Jan 2

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Jan 3

Indoor Pickleball

Mar 12 Dog Sports Sampler Mar 12 Running Club Mar 13 Youth Ultimate Frisbee Mar 16 Dog Sports Sampler Mar 16 Canine Good Citizen


Indoor Pickleball

Jan 5 Reading w/Rover: Mini Evaluations


Jan 6

May 4 Oyster Gardening

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Jan 7-8 Youth Basketball League Begins Practices


Jan 9

K9 Nosework®

Jul 27 Whidbey Island Triathlon

Jan 9

Read with Rover–Langley Library

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Jan 12 Reading w/Rover: Animal Therapy Team Prep Jan 15 Application Deadline for Concerts in the Park Performers Jan 15 Dog Sports Sampler Jan 15 Canine Good Citizen Jan 19 Dog Sports Sampler Jan 19 Canine Good Citizen Jan 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day SWPRD Office Closed Jan 22 Intro to Pickleball Jan 23 Read with Rover–Freeland Library Jan 25 Falcon Buddies Night @ SWHS Games Jan 25 Indoor Soccer Scrimmage


Indoor Pickleball

Feb 6

Magic Club

Feb 14 Valentine’s Day Feb 15 Summer Program Proposals Due Feb 18 President’s Day SWPRD Office Closed


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