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Welcome spring at Whidbey Gardening Workshop

— Created January 19, 2022 by Melanie Hammons

By Melanie Hammons An old nursery rhyme poses the question, “How Does Your Garden Grow?”  The Island County Master Gardener Foundation invites all those seeking answers to that question and more to its 34th annual Whidbey Gardening Workshop March 4-6. Foundation chair Carole Matthews says this year’s workshop, for the first time ever, is a […]

Langley Creates is counting creativity

— Created January 19, 2022 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Anyone in the greater South Whidbey area who earns a living through their creativity is being asked to stand up and be counted by Langley Creates. The organization has created an online survey and is asking Whidbey Island “creatives” to complete the questionnaire as part of its effort to understand, support and […]

Film festival celebrates the revolutionary ’60s

— Created January 12, 2022 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The fourth annual Whidbey Island Film Festival (WIFF) is truly something revolutionary – well, at least its selection of featured films were revolutionary in one way or another. The festival – titled “You Say You Want a Revolution” – gets underway tonight at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley, and […]

Island County considers sales tax increase

— Created January 12, 2022 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Island County commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. to discuss a one-tenth of one percent increase in the county’s sales tax to support affordable housing. Commissioner Janet St. Clair held a town hall meeting via Zoom last Thursday to help increase public awareness and to discuss […]

Developer contradicts city claims regarding Oak Harbor’s “Road to Nowhere”

— Created January 12, 2022 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Excruciating. That’s how the project manager for U-Haul Oak Harbor describes the process of trying to get the company’s building plans approved by the City of Oak Harbor. Terry Wellner appeared before the City Council at its regular meeting Jan. 4 to push back against information presented in two December council meetings […]

Sound Waters University, reimagined

— Created January 5, 2022 by Kathy Reed

By Shannon Bly Sound Waters University, to be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 5 and 6, is an opportunity to learn about our unique Salish Sea ecosystem so we can be good stewards of our water and land. Sound Water Stewards Whidbey Coordinator Tabitha Jacobs-Mangiafico brims with excitement and positivity when describing plans for the event. […]

Oak Harbor City Council gains two, loses one

— Created January 5, 2022 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed As the Oak Harbor City Council welcomes two new members to its ranks – Shane Hoffmire and Dan Evans (Councilman Bryan Stucky has already assumed his seat) – another council member has resigned his position. Council member Jeff Mack submitted his resignation, effective Dec. 30, after fulfilling half his term, which was […]

Take a flying leap into the New Year with an icy dive

— Created December 29, 2021 by Melanie Hammons

By Melanie Hammons Like so many other events, pandemic concerns forced the cancellation of last year’s Polar Bear Dive at Double Bluff Beach in Freeland.  But South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District once again welcomes the uniquely bracing event at Double Bluff Beach.  It’s slated for Jan. 1, at noon sharp. Skye Dunn, recreation supervisor […]

Fireworks to light up the sky New Year’s Eve

— Created December 29, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce has planned a bright, sparkly way to usher in a new year. Its annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display will proceed as scheduled at 9 p.m. Friday night at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor. The public is invited to dress warmly and step outside for a […]

New year, new opportunities to donate blood

— Created December 29, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The season of giving doesn’t end with the holidays – especially when it comes to donating blood. This life-saving gift never goes out of style and there is always a need. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley will host a pop-up donor center for Bloodworks Northwest Jan. 10-11 and 17-18. […]

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