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"Vivaldi’s MagnificatThe 45-voice Christmas Festival Choir of Langley United Methodist Church, together with organ and orchestra, will present a program of vocal and instrumental music on Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary at 3rd and Anthes. Doors will open at 7 p.m.Centerpiece of the program is Antonio Vivaldi’s Magnificat in G minor, composed in Venice around 1715. Soloists are Jenny Barrett, alto, and Heidi Hoelting and Suzi Stonebridge, sopranos. Conductor is Bill Humphreys, Michael Nutt is concert master and organist is Kathy Fox. Also on the program are traditional carols arranged for choir, orchestra, solo voice and guitar and pipe organ. Admission is free, but donations gladly accepted.The NutcrackerThe Nutcracker ballet continues for a final weekend at the South Whidbey High School Auditorium: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11 and 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors and age 18 and under; special matinee price, $5 ages 13 and under. Call 221-8268 for reservations.Irish DanceThe last Irish dance class of the century will be held on Dec. 12 at the Bayview Hall. No partners are needed for the 4:30-6 p.m. practice and dance. Donation only. Call for more information, 579-1933.Teddy’s EntertainmentPhil Benton plays on Dec. 12 and 19, with the Furies on Dec. 26 at Teddy’s on Whidbey in Freeland. There’s also karaoke every Thursday and Saturday.Middle School Film FestLangley Middle School students will be showing original short videos in a gala film opening at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.A group of 17 students have been working since early September with local film and television artist Douglas Dirkson and LMS media specialist Charles Snelling to learn about all aspects of video production. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. Call WICA at 221-8268 for more information.‘Beneath the Rain ShadowMembers of the Whidbey Writers Group will read excerpts from their book, Beneath the Rain Shadow: Volume III, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Cybercafe in Clinton. Copies of this book of short stories, poems, and essays published by the group will be available for sale at the reading for $8.50.Concert of Joyous MusicThe Annual Holiday Community Concert at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts will take place on Friday and Saturday, Dec 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. The Saratoga Chamber Players and special guest vocalists, musicians and choirs will perform selections of well-loved Christmas and holiday music, including works by Haydn, Mozart, Vivaldi and Handel. Also, local actor and Emmy nominee David Ossman will read from Dylan Thomas's poetic work, A Child's Christmas in Wales.Tickets are $15/adults, $8/seniors & ages 13 and under; there is always a sellout, so early ticketing is advised. Call 221-8262.Open MicLeapin’ Lizards -- Buffy Cribbs, Lorraine Newland and Kevin Christian -- host the next Open Mic at Sapori Cafe on Dec. 17, 7-9 p.m. The $3-$5 contribution will benefit Friends of Friends.All are invited -- bring your instrument, your voice and your good cheer.Folkdance at BayviewGuest band Folkvoice joins South Whidbey International Folkdancers for a joyful holiday party Dec. 17 at Bayview Hall from 7:45-10 p.m.Folkvoice’s international repertoire includes songs and dance music from the Balkans to Scandinavia, from Russia to Wales. The band was organized in 1987 as Interfolk, which then became Skandia Gammaidans Band, and eventually -- Folkvoice.Five musicians will play: Phillip Ages on mandolin, recorder, guitar, accordion, button box, various percussion and vocal; Birgit Teuwen-Ages on accordion and piano; Art Nation on viola and bass; Sarah Funk on fiddle, viola de gamba, and vocal; and Linda Hodges on fiddle and mandolin.Everyone is welcome, beginners or experienced. Some instruction will be provided. And if you don’t feel like dancing, just come to hear the unusual instruments and songs.Cost is $6. Call Gail at 221-2944, Inge at 730-1605, or South Whidbey Parks and Recreation at 221-5484 for more information.KaleidoscopeAuditions for Kaleidoscope of Dance are set for Jan. 5, 7-9 p.m., at WICA. Dancers and choreographers welcome; all styles of dance, and open to teens also. Bring ideas, works in progress of finished pieces for the seventh annual event; performance dates March 4-5. Can’t dance? Come and volunteer for other things. Call 221-6595.Football and brunchWatch 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 children’s projects. 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.Opportunities for writersThe 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 Web site at www.whidbey.com/writers."

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