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Sat., Aug. 8
Clans take over Greenbank Farm
Whidbey Island Highland Games are set for Aug. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road. The family-friendly Scottish Festival includes Heavy Scottish athletic competition, Highland Dancing competition, Piping and Drumming competitions, two stages of music all day, clan tents to explore your Scottish heritage, retail and food vendors and two beer gardens. Sponsored by the Whidbey Island Celtic Society. Volunteers wishing to help set up or take down can come to the farm Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Grand Old Oak garden care party
Join the fun weeding, pruning, mulching, "beautifying" and more, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Grand Old Oak at the Oak Harbor Post Office.
Bring garden tools and buckets if you have them. All ages and families welcome. Help care for the all-volunteer community garden and learn about native plants related to Garry oak ecosystems. RSVP to 679-1255, sponsored by Harbor Pride, every second Saturday through Oct. 10.
Go out and dig dinner
Learn how to do it dig clams the right way. Join WSU Island County Beach Watcher Eugene Thrasher Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. at Highway 20 and Zylstra Road. You’ll gain an understanding of the importance of filling the holes you dig, how to determine the various limits, all about the Washington State rules and guidelines, and lots of clam lore. You’ll need your own clamming license and don't forget your shoveling tool and bucket.
See the cars in the park
The Oak Harbor Rotary Club is the proud new sponsor of the annual North Whidbey Car Show Aug. 8 in beautiful downtown Oak Harbor, featuring over 250 cars, trucks and motorcycles. For more information, call the Oak Harbor Auto Center at 679-1595, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A registration form can be downloaded at www.westgatehomes.com/carshow2009.pdf.
Wine, music benefit dogs
The fifth annual FETCH! Wine Tasting Walkabout to benefit off-leash parks returns Aug. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Buchanan’s Vineyard in Bayview on Whidbey Island. The event will feature international wine tastings, delicious appetizers and live music alongside the honored guests: everyone’s four-legged friends. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the gate. Visit www.fetchparks.org, or call 360-321-4049.
Lavender farm festival set
Lavender Wind Farm’s fourth annual Lavender & Wind Festival on Whidbey Island will be held Aug. 8 and 9. Features include local art for viewing and purchase, food vendors, live music and Whidbey Island Winery, all of this on a beautiful lavender farm where you can tour the lavender fields and gardens while enjoying spectacular views of The Strait of Juan de Fuca. The festival is also a fundraiser for Island County WSU Extension. No entrance fee and plenty of parking. Visit www.lavenderwind.com for the developing list of participating artists and musicians or call 678-0919.
The farm is located at 2530 Darst Rd.
Make sure to tour your veggies
The First Annual Vegetable Garden Tour is set for Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a self-guided tour of 10 South Whidbey vegetable gardens, borrow experience from innovative vegetable growers and take home a variety of tips from each grower. Delicious boxed lunches for sale at the gardens, with a picnic, auction and entertainment at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at Cultus Bay Nursery, Bayview Farm & Garden, Moonraker Books and Rob Schouten Gallery. Visit www.whidbeyislandnourishes.org, or call Trisha, 360-730-2749.
Wolves from 1989 gather
The Coupeville High School Class Reunion sponsored by the Class of 1989 and
open to classes 1984 to 1994 will be held Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Crockett Farm Barn. Enjoy 80’s music, drinks, snacks and reconnecting with old friends. Tickets are $15 and are available at coupeville1989.myevent.com, or call Krista Noack at email@example.com. Other events are planned for Aug. 7 and 9.
Sun., Aug. 9
Firefighters offer salmon
The firefighters of North Whidbey Fire and Rescue Firefighters Association will host their annual potluck and salmon barbecue Aug. 9 at Cornet Bay Fire Station, corner of Troxell and Monkey Hill roads. Salmon will be ready at 1 p.m. sharp. This annual event is a thank you from the firefighters to the community for their support. Attractions include water games for the kids, horse shoes for the older kids, volleyball for the middle aged kids and fire apparatus for everyone's inspection. Meet and chat with your neighbors and your volunteer fire personnel. Bring your own plate and table service along with a dish to share. Firefighters will provide the salmon, soft drinks and garlic bread.
Pig roast, music, fun
The Fidalgo Avenue Merchants' Association is preparing for the second annual Fidalgo Avenue Block Party and Free Pig Roast Aug. 9 from noon to 7 p.m. in Oak Harbor. Food service will start at 1 p.m., ending at 5 p.m. or when the food runs out. There will be entertainment on stage all afternoon and an assortment of family games. Donations go to Help House and the American Red Cross. Organizations may purchase a port butt to defray food costs. Call Scott Fraser, 260-279-1231.
Horses featured in festival
The Whidbey Dressage Society presents “Festival of Freestyles” Aug. 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Whidbey Equestrian Center, 21306 Highway 20, Coupeville. Enjoy horsemanship demonstrations followed by a reception and silent auction. Proceeds will benefit HOPE (Horsemanship Opportunities for Potential Equestrians) and WIRE (Whidbey Island Rescue for Equines). If you love horses, be sure to attend. Tickets are $15 at the door. Contact Karen, 679-6927, or Pat, 675-1938.
Remember orca harbor
In memory of the 45 Southern Resident orcas captured in Washington State,
and the 13 orcas killed during the captures, and in honor of Lolita, the sole survivor, the Whidbey-based Orca Network presents a special program Aug. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 NW Alexander Street. The evening will feature historic KING 5 TV news clips of the 1971 Penn Cove capture, with commentary by the late Don McGaffin. Purchase tickets by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-ORCANET or at the door.
Tues., Aug. 11
Ecotourism in Baja, Mexico
Rafe Payne, professor of biology at Biola University and Au Sable Marine Mammals professor, will discuss overland and shipboard opportunities for observing Baja, Calif., Mexico’s marvelous natural history from whales and dolphins to birds and cactus. The public is invited Aug. 11, 7 p.m., Au Sable Institute, 180 Parker Rd., Coupeville.
Learn about breastfeeding
La Leche League of Oak Harbor will meet Aug. 11, 7 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, NW Second and Heller. Women interested in breastfeeding will find up-to-date information, encouragement and support. Children who need their mothers are always welcome. For more information call 679-3562.
How to invest wisely
WISE Investment Club, member of NAIC, will meet Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m., on the second floor activity room, Summer Hill in Oak Harbor. Everyone is welcome to attend to learn about investing in the stock market. Please contact Sharleen Stroyan, 360-675-5911, Ext. 0, for more information.
Wed., Aug. 12
The future is poop-powered
"Energy in the Future - The Scoop on Poop," is the topic Aug. 12, 7 p.m. at the Au Sable Institute's Granary Auditorium, 180 Parker Rd., Coupeville.
Jason Streubel, a PhD candidate in soil science at WSU, will discuss sustainable energy solutions including his research on nutrient recovery from anaerobic digesters, as well as biochar, switchgrass and greenhouse gas. Refreshments will be served.
Freeland plans new regulations
Freeland Development Regulation Steering Committee will meet Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Grigware Hall at the Trinity Lutheran Church. This is the eighth in a series of ten meetings scheduled to create new land development regulations for Freeland. For more information or to view materials from past meetings visit www.islandcounty.net/planning/freeland.htm.
Tilth welcomes leashed dogs
Dogs can have a doggone good time at the Tilth Farmers Market where there is plenty of water, shady trails to walk on and doggie doo bags. Gourmet Organics has doggie treats are for sale. Creative Gardens has compost tea, freshly brewed for immediate application at $8 a jug. Summer produce is at its peak, including apples, plums, tomatoes, squash, cabbage, garlic and much more. Stop by at Highway 525 at Thompson Road Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday 4 to 7 p.m. Call 360-678-4168.
Interact with Dino O'Dell
Get Creative with Dino O’Dell & the Veloci-Rappers Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Coupeville Rec Hall. This interactive musical journey features Creative Pizza Toppings, Unusual Dance Moves and Space Aliens. Dino’s show engages children through singing, dancing, fill-in-the-blank lyric writing, finger plays and counting songs. Bring your completed summer reading log to get your free book and enter the grand prize drawing. Funded by the Coupeville Lions and the Friends of the Coupeville Library.
Fri., Aug. 14
Lots of fun after 30 years
Oak Harbor High School Class of 1979 kicks off its 30th reunion Aug. 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the CPO Club. Other classes from 1979 through 1982 are also invited. The weekend includes breakfast, golf, picnic and a semi-formal dinner. Email Paul Wilson, OHHSCLASS1979@yahoo.com.
San Remo hosts Mensans
Whidbey Island Mensans will hold their next monthly dinner Aug. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the San Remo Mediterranean Grill. The restaurant is located at 421 NE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. All Mensans and prospective Mensans are welcome to attend. For questions, please contact Helen Bates at 675-4201.
Teens dance in Bayview
Teens are invited to Bayview Hall's Teen Dance Aug. 14. The Game Room will be open to paid guests beginning at 8 p.m. DJ music and dancing begins at 9 p.m., and will continue until Midnight. Admission fee to the dance is $5. Call 360-204-3116.
Sat., Aug. 15
Actors sought for 'Angels' play
Auditions for the Sam and Bella Spewack holiday comedy, “My Three Angels,” will be held Aug. 15, at 5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m., at the Whidbey Playhouse, 730 S.E. Midway Blvd in Oak Harbor. There are roles for three women and seven men. Call 679-2237, or visit www.whidbeyplayhouse.com.
Whidbey's top kitchens toured
The public will have a chance to help local scholars while enjoying a peek at some of Whidbey’s most exciting kitchens. The 2009 Dream Kitchen Tour will take place Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature nine Island homes, some large and some small, but all with kitchens that are memorable and gorgeous. Buy tickets at The Captain Whidbey Inn in Coupeville and Eileen’s Creative Kitchenware in Oak Harbor, or at selected homes on the day of the tour. Call Virginia Teker, 675-8375, or email@example.com.
Post hosts annual picnic
Oak Harbor's Whitehead-Muzzall Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7392 will host its annual members picnic Aug. 15, beginning at 1 p.m. Post and Auxiliary members and their guests are invited. Visit www.vfwpost7392.org, or call 360-675-4048.
Radio club sees the light
The Island County Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the International Lighthouse Weekend on Aug. 15, at the Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey. Whidbey Island amateur radio operators will be using transceivers and antennas to have fun and make contacts with as many amateur radio stations as possible using the call sign K7A. The public is invited to come and watch ham radio in action. Visit www.w7avm.org.
Walkers do Double Bluff
The beach at Double Bluff is where Meet Feet on Whidbey will be walking from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 15. Free to all aspiring beach combers and those looking for an off-leash area for dogs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 360-321-0533.
Mon., Aug. 17
Help prevent impaired driving
IDIPIC presents its next North Whidbey DUI/Underage Drinking prevention panel Aug. 6 at 7 p.m., Hayes Hall 137 by Oak Harbor Library. Required for both driver's ed. student and parent by local driving schools. Call 672-8219 or visit www.idipic.org.
Tues., Aug. 18
Dig with a Beach Watcher
Join WSU Island County Beach Watcher Eugene Thrasher Aug. 18 at 8 a.m. at Double Bluff beach near Freeland, to learn clam digging. You’ll gain an understanding of the importance of filling the holes you dig, how to determine the various limits, all about the Washington State rules and guidelines, and lots of clam lore. You’ll need your own clamming license and don't forget your shoveling tool and bucket.
Camera club pictures farms
Whidbey Island Camera Club meets Aug. 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Oak Hall room 306, Skagit Valley Whidbey Campus. This month's theme is farms. The skill is composition. You may submit five images to email@example.com for review during the meeting. Call 679-5576.
Wed., Aug. 19
Make sense of plastics
"All you Wanted to Know About Plastics and Didn’t Know Who To Ask," will be presented Aug. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Coupeville Rec Hall. We’ve all heard the pros and cons of plastics, the importance of down-cycling and recycling, and the questions about health effects of plastics ingredients. Come learn how to make sense of it all! Taught by Beach Watcher/retired Dean of the WSU College of Pharmacy, Mahmoud Abdul-Monem.
Make some wonderful art
Kids will be led by an art professional through techniques used by famous picture book illustrators to make wonderful art to take home Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. at the Coupeville Elementary School Multipurpose Room. Bring your completed reading log to get your free book and enter the grand prize drawing. Sponsored by the Coupeville Library.
Fri., Aug. 21
Pick a day, clean a beach
Whidbey Island's volunteer beach cleaners work both Friday and Saturday mornings, starting at 9 a.m. both days. Lend a hand Aug. 21 at Ala Spit, and Aug. 22 at Fort Casey middle. Call Cheryl May at 678-4100,
Sat., Aug. 22
Elks gather for picnic
The Oak Harbor Elks Lodge picnic is, Aug. 22 from noon to 5 p.m. All Elks and their guests are invited. Back by popular demand is the famous dunk tank. Call 675-1321. The l is located at 155 N.E. Ernst Street.
Wed., Aug. 26
How the tides produce energy
An "alternative tidal energy presentation" hosted by the Island County Economic Development Council will take place Aug. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Coupeville Recreation Hall. Snohomish County PUD and the Department of the Navy have both spent considerable money and resources into two in-water turbine technology projects for Admiralty Inlet. This presentation will apprise the community of how this technology could affect our future economic viability. Call 678-6889.
Church hosts stroke screening
Center Point Christian Fellowship,16604 Highway 20 south of Coupeville, is hosting a stroke and vascular disease screening clinic Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost for a four-procedure package is $130. Advance registration is required. Call 1-800-324-1851.
Learn more about compost
The phrase “compost happens” is true, but there are ways to improve your composting practices, increase the safety of the finished product, and diversify how you use it. Join a class Aug. 26, 6 to 7 p.m., presented by the Island County Waste Warriors, at the Good Cheer garden in Bayview on South Whidbey.
Fri., Aug. 28
Elks fry all you can eat
Friday Night Fish Fry is Aug. 28 at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge, for all Elks and their guests. For $10 will you will get all the fish you can possibly eat, plus some great side dishes to make this a complete meal. The Elks Lodge is located at 155 NE Ernst Street in Oak Harbor. Call 675-1321.
Bayview Hall goes karaoke
"Community Karaoke" evening at Bayview Hall on South Whidbey will be held Aug. 28 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Families, adults, and teens of all ages are welcome to this fun event. A portion of proceeds raised from this event benefit the maintenance and restoration of Bayview Hall. Admission paid at the door is $4 per person; groups of four are $12. Refreshments available. Call 360-204-3116.
Sun., Aug. 30
Eat breakfast, help veterans
Breakfast will be served Aug. 30 at VFW Post 7392, from 10 a.m. to noon. Sunday breakfast features pancakes, eggs, hash browns, breakfast meats, and biscuits-n-gravy. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens. All are welcome. Proceeds benefit programs to help veterans and the community. The post is located at 3037 N. Goldie Road, Oak Harbor. Call 675-4048, or visit www.vfwpost7392.org.
Thurs., Sept. 3
A close-up look at Whidbey birds
Island birding experts will again offer Whidbey Audubon’s popular course on The Birds of Whidbey Island. The class meets the first and third Thursday of every month from Sept. 3 to May 20, 7 to 9 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland. The course fee is $150 for Whidbey Audubon members, or $160 for non-members. Contact Sarah Dore at 360-331-5594, or firstname.lastname@example.org,
Thurs., Sept. 10
Orchestra pulls audition strings
Whidbey Island Youth Orchestra is holding auditions for string players for the 2009-2010 season. The orchestra rehearses Thursday evenings and performs three concerts during the year. Auditions will be held in Greenbank, at the Whidbey Free Evangelical Church on Sept. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. Returning and new members are asked to perform a short solo piece and scale and to sightread an orchestral selection. To schedule an audition and for more information, call Roxallanne Medley at 678-3720.
Sat., Sept. 26
Safari through artist territory
Ninety-three artists open their studio doors for two days, Sept. 26-27, for the Whidbey Island Open Studio tour. Now in its 13th year, the self-guided tour is a bit like an "art safari.” See dangerously creative artists in their natural studio habitats and buy art directly from them. The $10 ticket includes a map to studios and 2010 wall calendar featuring participating artists’ work. Proceeds support scholarships and grants. Buy online at www.whidbeyopenstudiotour.org or 23 outlets on Whidbey Island or call the Pacific Northwest Art School at 678-3396.