Celeste Erickson

Student dancers learn from professional at Island Dance

Aaron Cash recently returned to Island Dance to work with students. He taught class and created dance pieces for company dancers and alumnae over the weekend after touring for 10 years on Cher’s “Love Hurts” tour. He has danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov and with Twyla Tharp as her pas de deux partner. Cash has worked with the theatre’s dance students for four years. “It amazes me what really good training there is here,” he said of the dance studio. “They [the students] always seem to love what they do.”

WICA takes on challenging two-plot production in ‘City of Angels’

Before the lights go down and the theatre goes silent for opening night, the stage is noisy, props are dropped, cues are missed. It’s all part of the long rehearsal process for the cast and crew members involved in one of Whidbey Island Center for the Arts’ largest theatre productions, “City of Angels.”

Langley 8th graders learn amongst the trees

Chairs were replaced by logs, desks by laps and textbooks by the real thing — nature. Students went beyond the controlled environment of a typical classroom and into the forest this week.

Swing the night away | South Whidbey jazz students perform for Sweetheart Big Band Dance

The night awaits for dancers to feel the rhythm of South Whidbey’s finest music students.

South Whidbey ponders homeless at annual count

For some in Island County, finding a home and a safe place to live is a struggle.

Directors hammer out South Whidbey school building priorities

The high school track was the hot-button topic Wednesday night during a South Whidbey School District workshop.

Turning over a new leaf at Good Cheer

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated by a day of service for many on South Whidbey.

Jerome resigns from Port of South Whidbey commission for East Coast job

Port of South Whidbey Commissioner Chris Jerome has resigned from his seat on the board.

Innovative artists bring new technique to Langley

The floors are covered in colored canvas of past pieces and everything is on wheels for easy mobility. Stallman Studio is a place to create and connect, a true working space.

Port of South Whidbey comprehensive scheme passed under fire

Improving business growth, enhancing transportation opportunities and maintaining public access for waterfronts are a few the Port of South Whidbey’s primary goals over the next six years.

Question of the week: Langley

We asked people in Langley what they thought of the Second Street Project, set to start next week. Here are there responses.

Holocaust survivor tells tale of strength, forgiveness

Noémi Ban has lived through some of the darkest moments of this past century, from surviving Nazi genocide to life in post-war Soviet occupation.

Finding the spark | Langley resident works to inspire caregivers through art show

Ivan Neaigus’ life as a caregiver is an unfinished canvas. Perhaps it will always be so.

South Whidbey Harbor project enters final months

After a bumpy year, the South Whidbey Harbor Expansion project is on the verge of completion.

Musicians aim to broaden perspective through music

Abel Rocha will never forget attending his first concerts as a child. The music gave him a new perspective of the world. Now, as a musician himself, he hopes to inspire people in the same way.

Stepping up to the lectern: South Whidbey group aims to fine-tune communication skills

A trembling hand, a thumping heart and the “ummms” that come with not knowing what to say next: public speaking is a hard skill to master.

A place to ‘just be’ | Color immersion space in Clinton aims to feed the soul

For more than 20 years, Barb Nichols has imagined a room filled with color. A place for people to be immersed in various shades that uplift spirits.

South Whidbey birders gather for the annual count

Friday was a day for the birds for more than 60 people signed up and taking part in the annual Christmas Bird Count.

Island musicians return for holiday performance

Coming in for a landing after a busy year, South Whidbey favorites Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel are returning for their 29th annual performance, “Twelfth Night.”

Clinton artist explores Earth’s objects in art installations

When artist Richard Evans walks into his Clinton studio, he walks into an area full of objects that have taken on another life.