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WICA presents a whole new way to Django

— Created September 23, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley has put on an acclaimed celebration of gypsy jazz music for 20 years and organizers were not about to let a worldwide pandemic stop this season of DjangoFest Northwest. After initially thinking they’d have to cancel, they are happy to report DjangoFest will proceed […]

Langley restaurants have customers covered

— Created September 23, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Some Langley restaurants are celebrating a big boost to their businesses, thanks to the generosity of the Whidbey Island Association of Realtors and an innovative concept from the Langley Chamber of Commerce. The “We’ve Got You Covered” campaign is literally just that – five Langley restaurants have had large outdoor tents erected […]

Clinton Community Council presents Gateway draft plan for feedback

— Created September 23, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Alec Brown The Island County Planning and Community Development Department and the Clinton Community Council (CCC) have held their first two meetings via Zoom to discuss and receive feedback on a proposed Gateway Draft Plan. The CCC was formed to be the voice of Clinton’s community in the absence of a mayor. Doug Hofius, […]

A virtual OutCast: Local theater company embraces streaming season

— Created September 23, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed  It’s tough to have a theater season when live performances are banned. The answer – although not a permanent one – is video streaming. OutCast Productions (OCP) has just announced it will indeed have a 2020 season, it just won’t be in its theater in Langley. It will be anywhere audiences have […]

Variety show supports Growing Veterans

— Created September 16, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Organizers of an upcoming show at the Blue Fox Drive-in near Oak Harbor hope their unique spin on an evening of entertainment will help grow support for the Growing Veterans organization and help end the stigma of veteran isolation and suicide. The Veteran Variety Show begins Friday, Sept. 25 with an open-air, […]

BLM banner draws support and concern on South Whidbey

— Created September 16, 2020 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller A Black Lives Matter (BLM) banner hanging on the tennis courts at South Whidbey High School has sparked a conversation in the community. The banner, which was placed with the approval of South Whidbey School District officials July 28, has drawn both support and concern from area residents. Jo Moccia, superintendent […]

Whidbey’s Angels bestow blessings

— Created September 16, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Everyone needs a helping hand now and then and one Freeland woman has made it her mission to make sure no one falls through the cracks. Cindy Buchanan created “Island Angels” within a social media group to help residents up and down Whidbey Island, whether they’re in need of food, clothing, furniture, […]

Memorial golf tournament tees off for charity

— Created September 9, 2020 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller Golfers of all skill levels will have the chance to golf for a cause at the Fourth Annual Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament, which will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday,  Sept. 19 at the Whidbey Golf Club in Oak Harbor.  Mitch Aparicio, one of the owners of Penn Cove Brewing […]

Virtual Gala kicks off WICA’s 25th season

— Created September 9, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The show – even in the midst of a pandemic – must go on, and Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley will kick off its 25th anniversary season with its first-ever virtual fundraising gala. The event, called Re-Ignite the Night, will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday and […]

Oak Harbor woman reflects on aftermath of Hurricane Rita

— Created September 9, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Hurricanes are one natural disaster Western Washington doesn’t worry about – earthquakes, wildfires and volcanoes hold enough risk. But the landfall of Hurricane Laura in Louisiana recently brought back a number of memories for one Oak Harbor woman. Bonnie LaForest was working for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services in […]

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