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The monthly poetry reading sponsored by the Island Arts Council will be held at the Golden Otter Bookstore Nov. 19. Poets and listeners are both welcome.

Coffee, tea and snacks start at 7 p.m. Food service stops at 7:20.Call (360) 579-1933 or (360) 321-4547 for more information.


Several islanders will be among the 250 artists showing their work at the Best of the Northwest show Nov. 22-24 at Sand Point Magnuson Park in Seattle. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Sunday, 10-7 Saturday; admission is $6; children free. A Children’s Hospital fund-raiser will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 22; tickets are $10.

The South Whidbey artists are Jerry Hill of Freeland, with Northwest Native designs in jewelry; Kathleen Miller, Langley, with enamel jewelry and hand-painted fabrics; Callahan McVay of Clinton, showing new blown glass work; Wendy J. Sundquist, with handwoven textiles; and Barbara Mundell of Freeland, silver, gold and brass jewelry.


Martha Murphy is on stage again as “Professor Absurd,” the zany time-traveler, with her “Science Club” of young students in “Drama Time Machine,” on stage at the Clyde Theater in Langley at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 23.

The Whidbey Children’s Theater drama group will take the audience on a fun adventure as they dramatize imagined and real events of the past. The cast includes Alex Simpson, Max Cole Takanikos, Meagan Besst, Kaitlin Phillips, Chantelle Gossler, Delanie and Tabitha Helland, Channy and Channa Potter, Ryan Desrosiers, Dinah Hassrick, Evan Elwell, Angelica Yand, and Alexis Price. The show runs about one hour.

Admission is by donation. For more information contact Murphy at (360) 221-7880.

Bayview Dance

Seattle favorite Sherry Nevins calls squares and contradances at Bayview Hall on Saturday November 23. Dance to the live and lively music of Island Contraband. Join neighbors for an evening of live music and dancing.

The group provides a lively mix of jigs, reels, and waltzes, with all dances taught before the music starts. The Contraband ranges in size from 4 to 20 musicians on fiddles, banjos, guitars, flute, piano and other instruments.

There is no fancy footwork in contradancing, so give it a try, even if other types of dancing have you baffled.

Basic instruction starts at 7:30 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m.. Have fun, meet people, get some exercise and listen to great live music.

No experience is necessary. Come alone or with a partner. Call for Oak Harbor and Coupeville carpooling information.

These dances are sponsored by South Whidbey Parks and Recreation. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children who join the dancing. If you need more information, call Will at (360) 221 8430.


Candid portraits from the WAIF and FETCH Wag ‘n Walk, “Whidbey’s Big Doggie Do,” by Jen Wigg, noted pet photographer, will be on display Nov. 23-Dec. 7 at Catherine de Witt’s Frame Shop, 1832 Scott Road, Freeland Professional Center. The show is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Portraits will be for sale, with some proceeds going to support Whidbey Animals Improvement Foundation and Free Exercise Time for Canines and Humans. King Hercules, Queen Sophia and their court will also be highlighted with their essays and photos on display. The essay competition was open to adopters of WAIF alumni, who were asked to write about how their WAIF dog enriched their lives. The results are a poignant reminder of why dogs are man’s best friends.


South Whidbey singer and songwriter Tim Hull will share his collection of street songs, exiled busker ballads and soul in a house concert Nov. 30 in the Langley living room of Laurie Keith and Fred Geisler. An hors d’oeuvre-dessert potluck starts at 7 p.m., with music at 8. Tickets are $8-$12 sliding scale, in advance; call 221-4010 or e-mail for more information and directions.

Hull’s songs are rooted in Celtic folk but are about life in our times, with an international flavor gleaned from his years of traveling. He has toured over the past eight years and recorded four full-length albums. His fifth will be released in January 2003. For more information about Hull, visit his Web site at

Night out at

Whidbey Playhouse

The Kiwanis Club of Oak Harbor cordially invites you to attend the Thursday, Nov. 21 Whidbey Playhouse performance of “Nuncrakers,” a musical comedy. The club has purchased the seating, your $15 donation will buy entry to the playhouse and a dessert social prior to the performance. No assigned seating. The social begins at 6:30 p.m., the play curtains open at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets from any Kiwanian or the Daily Grind. Call Martha Wallin 675-3447.


Skagit Valley College WIC Program Board will host a student talent show at the Oak Harbor Elk's Lodge, at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. A dance will directly follow the show and free food will be available. Admission is $4 for students, $6 for general admission, and you may receive a $1 discount if you bring a can of food for the Program Board food drive. Questions can be directed to Marlena Guerra at 679-5311.

Doggie Art

A show by pet photographer Jen Wigg featuring her candid portraits of WAIF’s Wag-n-Walk 2002 opens Saturday, Nov. 23, at Freeland Professional Center, 1832 Scott Road, Freeland. The show runs Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Dec. 7. Portraits will be available with part of proceeds going to Wag-n-Walk, benefitting WAIF and FETCH! King Hercules and Queen Sophia and their court will be highlighted, with their essays and photos on display. Their essays on the WAIF alumni were written by their adoptive families telling how the WAIF dogs had enriched their lives. Admission is free.

Evening of music

and art

Paint Your ‘Art Out presents an evening of music with Kim Breilen and Sharon Ringer Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m.

Breilen and Skidgel-Ringer recently released their first CD, “Faces of Romance” which features flute and piano by Beethoven, Gaubert and highlights “Three Faces of Romance,” a sonata for flute and piano, composed for Breilein by Bellingham composer, Barry Ulman.

For Paint Your ‘Art Out, Breilein and Skidgel-Ringer will perform holiday classics, both classical and popular, as well as selections from their newly released CD, “Faces of Romance.”

The $12 price includes holiday goodies, apple cider, and an ornament to paint. The evening is $12 per person which includes an ornament to paint, cookies and cider. There is no paint fee on addional bisque. The store is at 860 SE Pioneer Way. Call 679-4115.

Get cracking

Opening night for Whidbey Playhouse’s next production is Nov. 24. “Nuncrackers — The Nunsense Christmas Musical,” runs through Dec. 14. Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor, Thursday-Sunday; $14/$10; 679-2237.

Skagit Valley Chorale concerts

Skagit Valley Chorale’s premier event of the season “Heralding Christmas 2002 will be Dec. 6 - 8 at Salem Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon. The concert will feature the 120-plus voices of the chorale singing a wide variety of holiday music. The first half of the program is comprised of composers from around the world, the second half features works by the contemporary composer Conrad Susa. The chorale is directed by long-time Mount Vernon resident Jim Mathews, an active member since 1984. Performance times are Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. All performances are at Salem Lutheran Church, corner of Hoag Road and La Venture. Tickets ar $10 adults, $8 seniors and students. Buy tickets are Scott’s Bookstore and Skagit Valley Herald in Mount Vernon, Stowe’s Family Apparel in Burlington, Cascade Fabrics in Sedro-Woolley, Watermark Book Company in Anacortes and Next Chapter Book Store in La Conner.

Halos, Wings and crazy quilts

The La Conner Quilt Museum will exhibit the religiously investigative work of Patti Shaw, “Halos Wings Etc.,” on its third floor, through Dec. 29. The body of work features Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic and Jewish themes. Recent pieces include Christian imagery. Pieces are reminiscent of tapestried or paintings from different centuries; techniques include quilting, hand sewing, painting, sequin and beadwork, and photo transfer. Drawing on the traditions and comforts of fibre art and sewing, she expresses creativity and spirituality.

Also at the LaConner Quilt Museum will be the work of fibre artist Judith Baker Montano, on the second floor of the museum, through Dec. 29. Montano is a Canadian fibre artist and originator of the “Centerpiece” Crazy Quilt Method who grew up in the historic Bar U ranch in the beautiful foothills of Alberta, Canada. An accomplished artist, she is a qualified teacher and lecturer. Teaching has taken her around the world. Classes are varied and include clothing design, crazy quilting, embellishments, silk ribbon embroidery and fibre landscape designs.

Call (360) 466-4288. The museum is at 703 South Second St. in LaConner.

Seattle Youth Symphony celebrates

The 2002-2003 concert season commemorates the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra’s 60th anniversary. The largest youth symphony in the Northwest, Nov. 24, at Benaroya Hall at 3 p.m., the symphony will perform works from its rich history. Tickets are $7 - $35 and can be purchased through the Seattle Youth Symphony box office at (206) 362-2300.

Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees is set for Dec. 6, 7 and 8 as a benefit for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Island County and Citizens Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse (CADA). Help offer brighter days through brighter holidays. The festival features a gala and auction, teddy bear breakfast, high tea and a community open house. The Elk’s Lodge in Oak Harbor will be transformed into a holiday wonderland.

The gala and auction is set for Friday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m. The black tie evening features an auction of decorated trees and wreaths Bid on a variety of auction items. New this year will be a silent auction on holiday centerpieces. Gala tickets are $50 per person, and can be purchased at the following locations: CADA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, ERA Acorn Properties, and Whidbey Island Bank at 3125 Highway 20.

Teddy bear breakfast will have two seatings Saturday, Dec. 7. The first seating will be at 8:30 am, the second seating at 10:30 am. The menu is French toast, eggs and sausage with entertainment by Academy of Dance. Bring a new stuffed animal to donate to a child in a crisis. Tickets for the Teddy Bear Breakfasts are $5 per person at Alaska USA Mortgage, Daily Grind, Discount Party Store and Jones Accounting.

High Tea is Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. enjoy a cup of tea, scones and pastries while Father Christmas and holiday entertainers serenade you. Tickets are $5 a person; call 675-3262 for ticket locations.

A community open house is Sunday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., everyone is invited to come and enjoy the magic of Festival of Trees. Vote on favorite decorated tree and wreath. Holiday music and refreshments will be provided. Admission will be by donations.

Call 675-3262 or e-mail

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