Rebecca Olson

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.


Freeland offers new blend of art and business

Real estate and art. If it seems they have nothing in common, Christina Moats will prove that wrong with her new Freeland business, Christina’s Island Real Estate & Fine Art.


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.


Island Dance hosts world renowned dancer

Just before its move to a new location, Island Dance hosted a choreographer, dancer and actor who was featured in “Titanic,” toured with Cher and is set to perform for the Queen of England.

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.

Clyde Theatre celebrates a community legacy

The first step into the Clyde Theatre in Langley yields a nose full of the scent of popcorn, whether a movie is playing or not. Blue velvet curtains darken the entrance to the theater, where rows of chairs face a screen that has reflected movies from “Gone With the Wind” to “The Bourne Legacy” and thousands in between over the past 75 years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Larsen hits Republicans on Medicare

Second District Congressman Rick Larsen’s telephone town hall Thursday focused on seniors and what he sees as the detrimental effects the Republican budget proposal would have on Medicare.

Readiness To Learn Foundation presents annual Back To School Project on South Whidbey

Although summer is in full swing, volunteers of the Back To School Project are already thinking ahead to the first day of school.

Race Week sails into Oak Harbor

Whidbey Island’s sailors and sailboat lovers will have their eyes glued to the action in Penn Cove and northern Saratoga Passage as Oak Harbor celebrates its 30th annual Race Week, with 115 boats signed up to compete.

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.

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.

Author supports WGH with true story | NOTABLE

Two near-death experiences and recovery at the hands of Whidbey General Hospital staff make for a huge story. Throw in humor, tales of friendship and community support and the story becomes a real humdinger.

South Whidbey playwright brings Flora in from the fringe

The Whidbey Island Fringe Festival presents what organizers describe as “an evocative new play,” written and directed by local playwright and actor Gail Fleming.

‘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.

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.

Wood + art = a new look at Whidbey

Just as Whidbey Island sprouts a wide variety of Douglas fir, alder, maple and more, it grows as diverse a group of wood artists. Twenty wood artists will join forces in Langley to show the power of wood art in the form of furniture, clocks, carvings, musical instruments, boats and more.