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Transition Whidbey to rally alternative modes of transportation

Here's your chance to thumb your nose at the rising price of gasoline.

All forms of alternative transportation have been invited by Transition Whidbey to fill a church parking lot in downtown Langley Wednesday, May 4 to show solidarity with the group's philosophy that the community can become more resilient and self-reliant in a rapidly changing world.

"We are doing this to express our concern that oil is becoming more costly and scarce," said Margaret Moore, a Transition Whidbey spokeswoman, noting that a gallon of gas is well over $4 and rising.

"The movement urges people to become more resourceful regarding other forms of transportation than the car and single driver," she said.

The gathering of alternative modes of transportation will be from 5 to 5:30 p.m. at the parking log across the street from Langley United Methodist Church at Third Street and Anthes Avenue.

"We are inviting electric cars and trucks, hybrid cars, electric bikes, regular bikes, walkers, wagons and possibly stilts," Moore said.

"So far no roller skates or skate boards have responded. There will be signage, and a welcoming group of drums. It should be quite a party," she said.

The parking-lot event precedes Transition Whidbey's latest "Potluck With a Purpose" and reflects the featured program, “Cultivating Resilience In An Era Of Climate Change: An Evening with Kurt Hoelting.” Using his book “The Circumference of Home: One Man's Yearlong Quest for a Radically Local Life” as a springboard, Hoelting will invite stories about successes in finding resilience, and how people can help others to keep the adventure alive, free from a dependence on oil.

The potluck begins at 5:30 p.m. at the church; bring a dish that serves four to six and your own utensils and dinnerware. The program starts at 6 p.m. The suggested donation is $5.

Childcare from 6 to 8 p.m. for ages 2 through 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. will be available for those who RSVP or arrive by 5:45 p.m.

Transition Whidbey began with 25 members in 2007 and now boasts 340 participants in its online forum. Its monthly potlucks have regularly attracted as many as 100 people.To learn more, call 221-0506 or 341-1614, or visit www.transitionwhidbey.org.

 

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