Rebecca Olson

Gem club rocks out with show on North Whidbey

Entering the Sweetheart of Gems Show is like opening a chest full of treasure. Wire-wrapped arrowheads, intricate earrings, belt buckles gleaming with polished stones and even beaded praying mantises will turn the Oak Harbor Senior Center into a treasure trove.

 

Get a sound education on Western Washington ecology at one-day university

From crabbing to cold water sharks to the effects of personal care products on the environment, a one-day university in Oak Harbor will teach a variety of topics relating to Puget Sound and its health.

 

Shanty Fest celebrates maritime music, helping families in need

Even during cold January, there’s a chance for a fun time for a good cause. Shanty Fest will take attendees on a maritime adventure Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Greenbank Farm.

 

‘Stop, Thief’ presented during music series

There may be little desire to sit down as Stop, Thief! brings its jazzy, bluesy, funky rock and swing compositions to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island for the third concert in the Chamber Music Series.

Museo winter show explores the impact of comics, superheroes

Think all superheroes are required to have X-ray vision or the ability to fly? Art at a gallery in Langley encourages the community to think again.

‘Songbird’ flies from Paris to Langley

As she nears death, iconic French singer Edith Piaf reincarnates the ghosts of her past, sharing with the audience a forceful, romantic journey through her life accompanied by her heartrending songs in “The Songbird of Paris, Edith Piaf,” showing for one weekend only.

Author offers strait talk on Juan de Fuca

A tale rich with adventure, dreams and exploration forms the history of Juan de Fuca’s Strait in a new book by a Canadian author.

Sing-along with Whidbey orchestra at ‘Messiah’

This concert has a different atmosphere than most. Instead of silently appreciating the music, the audience is asked to sing along at two community sing-along events.

Festive trees decorate Whidbey in Island-wide effort for a good cause

Uniquely decorated trees and wreaths may be in the forefront of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County’s 14th annual Festival of Trees gala and auction, but what really shines are the life-changing relationships the event funds.

Nordic descendants discover new home in Coupeville

A group with a heritage stretching from Sweden to Iceland finally found a place to build new traditions and celebrate old ones in Coupeville.

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts goes kaboom

This presenter knows the chemical reaction to produce chuckles and he has the tools to leave children and adults giggling until their sides hurt. His presentation brings the Family Series back to Whidbey Island Center for the Arts with a boom.

Walking dead due at Clinton golf course for Halloween

The MR21 virus has infected Whidbey Island and everyone’s turning into zombies! Join the walking dead at Island Greens for an unforgettable Halloween adventure.

Washington State Poet Laureate teaches power of poetry to Whidbey students, public

Inspired by growing up near the Hanford Nuclear Site and her own everyday life events, Kathleen Flenniken became not just any poet but a poet devoted to expanding the understanding of poetry throughout the state.

50 years, 1 community: Langley Library celebrates

In its evolution from a one-room facility to the community center it is today, the Langley Library has a lot to celebrate in its first 50 years with Sno-Isle Libraries. But staff do ask for a little something from the community to help celebrate.

Community-driven: Whidbey Island Center for the Arts expands

Built by the community for the community, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley celebrated the end of Stage Two. And it was only possible after raising more than $2.1 million to expand and renovate the building.

Humanities Washington speaker shares Civil War’s effect in Washington

The Civil War is typically portrayed as a clash between northern and southern states on the East Coast. But a member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau will present research that shows slavery and the Civil War were also thriving in Washington state.

‘Becky’s New Car’ drives the life less traveled at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

Stuck in a lukewarm marriage and average job, middle-aged Becky feels like she’s gotten a flat tire on her journey through life. But everything changes when a mysterious millionaire shows up one night and offers her the ride of her life, an opportunity to live “the life not taken” and a chance she just can’t miss.

Photographer adds Langley to Worldwide Photowalk

Kim Tinuviel doesn’t just see green or teal with her eyes; she sees colors through music. A chord can spark a symphony of hues in her mind, just as a visual image triggers a harmony of music.

25 years, one pulpit – Matt Chambers continues leading his flock on South Whidbey

Matt Chambers, pastor of South Whidbey Assembly, describes his first 25 years of service as abounding with a strong sense of community, yet replete with changes.

Worldwide Little Free Library movement comes to Whidbey

The end of a driveway in Freeland is an unlikely place for a shelf of books, but in the shade of the trees at 4500 S. Smugglers Cove Road sits the first Little Free Library on Whidbey Island.