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"PEARL AT WICAThe Friends of the Langley Library are presenting KUOW radio personality Nancy Pearl on Dec. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. Complimentary light refreshments will be served, and no reservations are required. (Bring pen and paper for taking notes -- no book lists will be passed out!)This free community event marks a return appearance for the popular Pearl, who reviews books weekly on KUOW-FM in Seattle, and regularly reviews fiction and non-fiction for local and national publications. HANUKKAH THROUGH ARTSeveral artists from the Artists Cooperative in Langley have prepared a display of gifts for Hanukkah, including cards by Sandy Naphtali, yarmulkes by Janie Pulsifer, and draydels by J.T. Lowe.Hanukkah, the festival of lights, commemorates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem and the miracle of a lamp filled with enough oil for one day which burned for eight. It begins this year on Dec. 3 and continues for eight days, with special food, songs and especially the lighting of the Hanukkah menorah shared by family, friends and community.For more information about the exhibit call 221-7675. TICKETS FOR THE NUTCRACKERWhidbey Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker this holiday season at the South Whidbey High School Auditorium. Performances are Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors and age 18 and under. Matinees are at 2 p.m. Dec. 5, 11 and 12; tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 ages 13 and under. Director Charlene Brown, choreographer Asharaine Machala, designer Beno Kennedy and mask/puppet designer Diana Shirley create a whole new concept for the full-length ballet this year. Call 221-8268 for reservations.ISLAND STRINGS PLAY-A-THONIsland Strings students will once again join in a Holiday Play-a-thon to benefit for Island Arts Council Music Scholarships. On the afternoon of Dec. 4, small groups of students will play holiday music at the Artists Cooperative Gallery in Langley, as a prelude to the Holiday Art Walk in the evening.Students will be approaching sponsors to support them in their desire to help next years scholarship applicants. The scholarships are for string, piano and voice students who meet the guidelines of financial need and musical commitment. Applications will be available in January of 2000.On Dec. 11, Island Strings will play at the annual Holiday Party at Deer Lagoon Grange on Lone Lake at 2 p.m. For more information call Linda and Leonard Good, 221-6439.ARTISANS GIFT SHOWA show of hand crafts by island artisans will take place on Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Solart Studio, 4651 Melody Lane in Freeland (off Goss Lake Road).The show includes handwovens by Anne Niles Davenport; original art clothing by Alethea Shinneman; accents for the home by Nancy Montz; handmade books and journals by Constance Wiseman LaLonde; fused glass jewelry and tableware by Natalie Hahn-Bradley; and Katrina Platos functional pottery.For more information call 730-2166.STONE SOUP IS MUSICALWhidbey Childrens Theater is staging a musical version of the folk tale Stone Soup on Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the Clyde Theatre in Langley. Directed by Martha Murphy, the play features 15 of her young drama students ages 5-8 and tells the story of four French soldiers coming home from the wars, who convince an entire village to feed them.Featured as the soldiers are Michael Scullin, Alex Simpson, Preston Ossman and Aden Khan. Playing the village farmers are Seth Sobottka, Samuel Lee, Evan Thompson and Shane Thompson. Michelle Young and Lucy Anderson are mothers in the village, with the children played by Jesse Wilson-Albert, Dina Hassrick, Jennifer Zizette, Silvie Anderson and Ramona Fankhauser.The show runs about 40 minutes and is suitable for all ages. All seats are $3, at the door. For more information call Murphy at 221-7880. ISLAND THEATRE AUDITIONSAuditions will be Dec. 6 and 7, from 7-9 p.m. at WICA, for Island Theatres production of Glengarry Glen Ross, a play by David Mamet, directed by Richard Evans. Scripts are available now at the Langley Liquor Store. There are parts for seven men.Play dates are April 7-9 and 14-16 at WICA. AUDITIONS AT WHIDBEY PLAYHOUSERoles are available for three men and four females ages 20-50+ in the Whidbey Playhouse production of The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Auditions are Dec. 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. Scripts are available for checkout. Call 360-679-2237 for more information.NEW CLARINET CHOIRA new Clarinet Choir has been formed and has begun rehearsals on Wednesdays, 7 p.m. in Clinton.Both youth and adults are invited to join the fun of a unique musical experience. For information call Avi, 341-4490.WRITERS OPPORTUNITIESThe Whidbey Island Writers Conference will sponsor a contest for attendees as part of the March 3-5 conference; this will include categories for short story, poetry and essay. Deadline is Feb. 1, 2000. The conference will also provide the opportunity to earn two college credits. Attendees may register at either the South Whidbey center of Skagit Valley College or at the conference. Writers who are interested in the Writers Conference can volunteer and receive tuition discounts.For more information, call Marti Animosa at 579-1872 or 331-6714.or visit the conference website at www.whidbey.com/writers.FOOTBALL AND BRUNCH AT AMERICAN LEGIONWatch Monday Night Football on the big screen at the American Legion Hall in Bayview and enjoy a light meal for just $2.The legion also hosts a Sunday morning buffet for the public: $6 adults; seniors 60-plus $5; and kids for $3.50Both events are ongoing benefits to help the Legion with the annual poppy fund raiser for veterans and for several childrens projects. "