If a tree falls in a Whidbey forest, Pat McVay will hear it.
Michael Ferri, a museum volunteer and local history buff, picked up the phone, listened to the voice of a young woman and couldn’t believe his ears. She told him she was a member of a Native American Indian tribe in Southeast Alaska known as the Kake and she wanted to bring some of the tribe’s elders on a visit to Coupeville, a place that held historic significance to her people.
Dorothy Bell’s recovery from a serious car crash many years ago gave her an adventurous spirit and an appreciation for life. And in keeping with that spirit, Bell lived out a dream Saturday when she jumped out of an airplane on her birthday.
Linda Beeman, an award-winning poet, Whidbey resident and friend of a soldier who confessed to Beeman he suffered from post-traumatic stres disorder, turned her stories and those of others into a book of poetry about the many facets of the conflict in Afghanistan.
“CLIMATE CHANGE: HOW PRAYER CAN HELP” is the topic of the next audio chat, hosted by the Christian Science Reading Room at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26.
On Sunday, Aug. 24, the Christian Science service explores Jesus’ teachings that everyone has unlimited access to clarity of thought and wisdom because God is the one Mind, omniscient and omni-present. Everyone is welcome to the service at 10:30 a.m. at 15910 Highway 525 (just north of Bayview and across from Useless Bay Road).
Good people have been involved in carrying on the ministry began by Jesus Christ. Pastor Darrell Wenzek’s sermon at the 10 a.m. service Sunday, Aug. 24 highlights one of these people with the sermon title, “The Ministry of a Good Man.”
Rev. Joanna Gabriel will explore how conscious beings come to understand that they discover their true selves by meeting life head-on at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, Unity of Whidbey, 5671 Crawford Road.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Freeland will host a nine-month sexuality education program for seventh, eighth and ninth-grade students starting next month.
While having coffee with a friend recently, she suggested, “Why don’t you write about bird flight. I’d like to know what those birds are that make a wave pattern as they fly through my garden.”
The a convicted murderer is in the family isn’t exactly what Langley residents Graham and Jackie Johnson hoped to discover when they began researching a bit of family history.
Are you old enough to remember what a “Dear John” letter was? I’m not sure if such a thing still exists in this day of instant communication with our devices; perhaps now you simply text the person you want to “dump” and do it. But, during several of our assorted wars, large and small, when a soldier on deployment received a “Dear John” letter, it meant that the person supposedly waiting for him to return was, in fact, not going to wait after all, and was informing him of the situation in that letter. We all knew what “getting a Dear John letter” meant.
Mary Fisher says she’s learned to bloom wherever she is in life. When Fisher’s kids left home, she felt emptiness, and wanted to fill that hole. She looked close to home, and became aware of kids in need of nutritious food right here on South Whidbey.
When Langley resident Claire Moore and her partner, Marsha Morgan, marched in their first Gay Pride Parades in 1976, they were spat on and cursed at; opposing passersby and picketers hurled items into the parade line. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, the couple took to the street once more for a very different kind of pride parade: Langley’s first Queer Pride Parade. Instead of being cursed at, the couple and their fellow parade participants were cheered on. Instead of being spat on, marchers were greeted with solidarity and smiles as they made their way from Langley Middle School through downtown.
“Our god-given freedom from disease” is the topic of the next audio chat, hosted by the Christian Science Reading Room, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 721 SW 20th Court in Oak Harbor.
The Christian Science service will delve into the definition of spirit and how this knowledge can help people to shape harmonious relationships, health, and well-being at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at 15910 Highway 525.
Unity of Whidbey will hold regular service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at 5671 Crawford Road. People often use words out of habit and circumstance, without really thinking of their meanings. Words are the primary way to communicate with self, and with others. How are people using words? How are they living them? Do they mean what they say? Guest speaker Jim Freeman will address the question with the talk, “Words of Love.”
South Whidbey Community church will hold regular service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Deer Lake Grange Hall, 5142 Bayview Road. The word “Gospel” means good news; it has in fact been good news for many people. Pastor Darrell’s message is entitled, “The Impact of the Gospel.” There is an adult Bible Study in the book of Exodus at 9 a.m.
Who put the aqua in Aqua Chautauqua? It's hard enough trying to set a world record, without trying to do it in the rain. Bob Effertz was gathering his troops at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley on Thursday afternoon in an attempt to set a world record for the number of people Hula-Hooping while playing the didgeridoo.
Hundreds of pairs of sneakers added a few extra miles to their soles this weekend as South Enders walked for the cure during this year’s Relay For Life. The weather held up for the 20 teams that walked for 18 hours between 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday at the South Whidbey High School track to raise money for the American Cancer Society.