Rebecca Olson

Rebecca posted 41 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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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.

  • Feb 2nd, 2013 12:00am

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.

  • Jan 22nd, 2013 10:09pm

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.

  • Jan 18th, 2013 11:01pm

‘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.

  • Jan 17th, 2013 9:00pm

‘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.

  • Jan 15th, 2013 11:00pm

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.

  • Jan 15th, 2013 10:38pm

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.

  • Dec 15th, 2012 12:03am

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.

  • Nov 29th, 2012 7:00pm

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.

  • Nov 23rd, 2012 10:46pm

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.

  • Nov 6th, 2012 10:35pm

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.

  • Nov 6th, 2012 10:25pm

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.

  • Oct 23rd, 2012 9:19pm

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.

  • Oct 19th, 2012 10:26pm

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.

  • Oct 16th, 2012 10:02pm

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.

  • Oct 16th, 2012 9:59pm

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.

  • Oct 14th, 2012 5:00pm

‘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.

  • Oct 9th, 2012 9:53pm

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.

  • Oct 5th, 2012 11:10pm

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.

  • Oct 1st, 2012 4:02pm

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.

  • Sep 28th, 2012 10:40pm

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.

  • Sep 11th, 2012 9:19pm

Kids build cob playhouse at Tilth Campus

After two months of hauling rocks, constructing walls and mixing cob with their feet, these students’ efforts have yielded a cob playhouse at the Tilth Sustainability Campus, with just one part remaining. The kids of Calyx Community Arts School need to put a roof on their playhouse, and to do that, they’re asking for donations of cedar shingles.

  • Sep 8th, 2012 5:50am

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.

  • Sep 4th, 2012 10:09pm

Doris Day persona performs for one day in Langley

Memories will resurface as an audience is seamlessly transported back in time to a concert by Doris Day, legendary American actress and singer. In this performance, actress and singer Kristi King doesn’t simply play the part of Day; she takes on Day’s persona.

  • Aug 28th, 2012 9:14pm

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.

  • Aug 24th, 2012 11:09pm

South Whidbey delivers new lighthouse lantern

For the first time since 1962, the Admiralty Head Lighthouse stood without a lantern house for a couple of hours Thursday afternoon awaiting installation of the new, historically accurate lantern house built by Whidbey’s high school students.

  • Aug 27th, 2012 6:52pm

‘Crowdfunding’ seeks crowd for Whidbey Children’s Theater

As an innovative place for children to discover, experience and participate in the performing arts, Whidbey Children’s Theater decided to also try a new and creative means of fundraising by trying a “crowdfunding” campaign on the Internet.

  • Aug 9th, 2012 12:00am

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.

  • Jul 31st, 2012 9:06pm

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.

  • Jul 31st, 2012 8:51pm

Musical ‘pyrotechnics’ to heat up Whidbey Island Music Festival

Classical music plus a fun, festival atmosphere and a dash of education make for some exciting concerts during the seventh annual Whidbey Island Music Festival set for Aug. 3 through 12.

  • Jul 28th, 2012 6:00pm

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.

  • Jul 27th, 2012 10:38pm

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.

  • Jul 26th, 2012 11:12pm

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.

  • Jul 18th, 2012 3:16pm

Whidbey Island mom joins first online graduating class

Despite moving across the nation mid-school year and being a full-time mom, Jerri Sanchez, 41, earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education without changing universities, thanks to a little help from a South Whidbey mentor.

  • Jun 29th, 2012 11:11pm

Circles and West meet in Brackenwood Gallery’s July show

For Buffy Cribbs and Bruce Morrow, life and art are inseparable. It weaves through every facet of their lives, from the artistic home they designed and built to everyday events that inspire their art.

  • Jun 28th, 2012 6:00pm

WICA is ‘wow’ed by women

With speakers like a 17-year-old building a cabin on wheels, a cave diver who has seen places most people never will and a former pediatrician who now studies people at the end of life, the creativity will be sparking at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts as women on Whidbey tell their most interesting and touching stories.

  • Jun 22nd, 2012 10:06pm

South Whidbey stores start new era of liquor sales

Out with the state, and in with increased taxes and private liquor sales.

  • Jun 1st, 2012 9:21pm

Whidbey Island’s Relay for Life shares fight, hope

This is the event that lets everyone who has survived cancer, is fighting cancer, caring for those fighting cancer and all who are affected unite to show that this disease can’t beat hope. The Relay for Life of Whidbey Island will be held Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 at the North Whidbey Middle School track. The Survivor Lap begins at 6 p.m. June 1 with guest speakers. At 10 p.m., a luminary event celebrates and remembers cancer survivors, fighters and victims.

  • Jun 1st, 2012 5:00pm

Master Gardeners plant seeds of education

Enthusiasm and education are blooming at the Greenbank Farm Master Gardener Display Garden with a variety of free, public classes that dig deeper than ordinary garden classes.

  • May 4th, 2012 11:01pm

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.

  • Mar 30th, 2012 11:29pm

Whidbey Island reads together about nature

Whidbey Reads isn’t just about reading a book. The five Whidbey Island Sno-Isle Libraries are bringing a book to life through discussions, events and activities meant to bring the community together in March and April.

  • Mar 6th, 2012 11:32pm