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It’s Your Turn toy store in downtown Oak Harbor held a GRAND OPENING Friday, which will continue today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wind & Tide Bookshop on Pioneer Way will host a BOOK SIGNING today for Sharon Nicholson, the author of “Their Place in History: An Anthology of WWII Autobiographies.”
Finding a job is a full-time job, according to T.J. Larrick, and those searching can use the helpful hints and leads found at Job Club. Larrick, employment specialist for the Department of Social and Health Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, meets with the unemployed, under-employed and those looking for a better job every Monday at 1 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Library for free.
Local tour groups are gearing up for the annual return of some popular visitors to Saratoga Passage. Gray whales are making their annual trip to the area in search of easy eats. They spend most of the spring feeding in the passage, which provides a chance for whale watchers to get a close look at the marine mammals.
Tax return FILING EXTENSIONS may be available to businesses affected by the recent winter storm. Extension requests can be made to the Department of Revenue by calling 1-800-647-7706.
A FINANCING YOUR BUSINESS workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 15, at WiFire in Freeland.
AAA will offer a DRIVER IMPROVEMENT course Thursday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Regency in Oak Harbor.
Two workshops geared toward the BUILDING INDUSTRY will be put on by the Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association and the North Puget Sound Association of realtors in February and March.
Coupeville NATURAL AND TEA & TREASURE will host a special Valentine event Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A TOUCH OF DUTCH in Coupeville will be expanding and adding German foods to its inventory this spring along with best selling International Chocolates from a variety of countries.
The Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce's ANNUAL MEETING and installation of officers, originally scheduled for Jan. 20, has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 16.
The IRS has launched its annual outreach campaign aimed at assisting Americans who earned $49,078 or less to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit.
FEDERAL DISASTER SUPPORT may be available to Island County farmers who saw agriculture losses from excessive rain, flooding, below normal temperatures, high winds, frosts and freezes in 2011.
Whidbey Islanders are starting to get a charge out of an emerging technology. A couple of businesses across the island are busy installing the initial charging stations and town leaders are designing regulations to accommodate electric cars.
Solar energy is becoming a larger part of Whidbey Island’s publicly owned farm. Workers from Whidbey Sun and Wind have been busy this month installing two more solar arrays at the Greenbank Farm. The new panels will double the energy the solar panel project produces. Two solar panels currently produce 25 kilowatts of power, which will go up to 50 kilowatts when the new panels get connected to the grid this week.
Whidbey Island Conservation District is accepting orders now through Jan. 30 on an assortment of Western Washington native plants.
Washington Banking Company, the holding company of Whidbey Island Bank based in Oak Harbor, will report its end of year earnings later this month. Jack Wagner, president and CEO of Washington Banking Company, said he could not speculate on the results but did say the first three quarters of 2011 were good despite a sluggish economy.
The short happenings of businesses on Whidbey and beyond.
Washington State Ferries will celebrate the KENNEWICK’S completion Friday, Jan. 6, at the ferry terminal in Port Townsend.
MICHAEL-JOHN’S TRADING POST in Oak Harbor has moved to a new location.