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News Briefs Beach Watchers focus on whales

The gray whales are back in Saratoga Passage until early June, feeding on ghost shrimp in the sandy, muddy shallows of Camano and Whidbey islands from Langley to Coupeville. The public is invited to come and watch them with the Washington State University Beach Watchers.

The group is offering 50 spaces on a four-hour cruise leaving Coupeville Wharf at noon April 12, aboard the 100-foot Mystic Sea charter. The trip is a fundraiser for Beach Watchers. The $70 fare includes a four-hour cruise, lunch, beverages and the ship’s naturalists.

To reserve space, call Carol at 360-331-1030, or email events@wsu.edu. Then, to confirm space, mail a check made out to LEP to Beach Watchers, WSU Extension, PO Box 5000, Coupeville, WA 98239, or drop your payment at the WSU Extension office in Coupeville.

Lions helps college bound

The Coupeville Lions Club will hold an auction to raise scholarship money for students at Coupeville High School.

The auction takes place Saturday, April 19, at the Crockett Barn beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and are available at Miriam’s Espresso or from any Coupeville Lion.

Items featured include a guided salmon fishing trip for four; vintage Coupeville postcards; Seattle Mariners tickets; and a week-long timeshare vacation, among many others.

The night features a soup supper with three choices: Pioneer Farm hubbard squash soup made at Christopher’s, Rockwell bean soup made at the Oystercatcher and asparagus soup made at Ruby’s in Greenbank. For more information, call Molly Hughes at 678-8312.

Beaches don’t clean themselves

Do your part to keep Whidbey Island beaches beautiful by volunteering in the ongoing cleanup efforts organized by Cheryl May, program coordinator of Lighthouse Environmental Program.

The first beach cleanup each Saturday is at 10 a.m.; the second cleanup is at 1 p.m. Bring gloves; supplies are provided.

April 12: Deception Pass, Ala Spit; April 19, Joseph Whidbey State Park, Fort Ebey State Park; April 26, Double Bluff, Freeland Park; May 3, Ebey Road end, Fort Casey Spit north; May 10, Fort Casey Spit middle, Fort Casey Spit south; May 17, Deception Pass, Ala Spit; May 24, Fort Casey Spit south Fort Casey Spit middle; June 7, Double Bluff, Freeland County Park; June 14, Ebey Road end, Fort Casey Spit north; June 21, Joseph Whidbey State Park, Fort Ebey State Park; June 28, Fort Casey Spit south, Fort Casey Spit middle.

Call 678-4100 or email cmay@whidbey.net if you have questions.

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