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"Tickets for 'Babes in Arms'Tickets are now available for South Whidbey High School's spring musical production, Rodgers and Hart's Babes in Arms, running Feb. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13. Watch the talented young performers dance to and sing some of the most memorable songs of the theater. Prices are $6 and $4, available in advance at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (221-8268) and at the SWHS box office an hour before each show, for that show only. Guitar Circle and Steve BallThe Seattle Guitar Circle and the Steve Ball Road Show headline a benefit show for community radio station KSER 90.7 FM at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts on Feb. 4. The Seattle Guitar Circle plays instrumental guitar music in the Guitar Craft Standard Tuning of C G D A E G, and recently released their 1999 CD Twilight. Prior to the show they will conduct an educational workshop. The Steve Ball Road Show features the members of the Seattle Guitar Circle performing compositions written by Steve Ball, who has performed in bands including Los Gauchos Alemanes and Electric Gauchos. Tickets at the WICA box office, 221-8268. Benefit concert for builderIsland musical artists will perform at no charge in a concert on Feb. 5 to benefit the family of Dennis Bohling, island woodworker, artist and ecobuilder, who recently lost three fingers in an accident and has no medical insurance. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Thomas Berry Hall, Chinook, which Bohling helped build. Performers will include Sister Monk, Tina Lear, Charlie Murphy, Tom and Claudia Walker, Timothy Hull, Talia Marcus, Deborah Koff-Chapin, and Susan Gilles. Your $10 donation will go directly to the Bohling family. Tickets are at the CyberC@fe; call 341-5922. Fruit show at MuseoMuseo in Langley is kicking off the new year (and offering a respite from the grey days of winter) with a Fruit Show, featuring five local artists who draw inspiration from the fruit world in their new series of paintings. Works include David Gignac's huge sumptuous pears, apples and cherries; Gail Gwinn's handcolored pear etchings; Lane Gwinn's oil paintings of canned fruit; Barb Jaksa's mixed media boxed contemplations on fruit; and Randi Landon's painting of tropical fruit -- and his latest ceramic table. Meet the artists at the opening reception Feb. 5, 6-9 p.m. The show runs through March 1. Call 221-7737 for more information. Premiere of 'Islas Hermanas'South Whidbey film producers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young will screen the premiere of their new short film, Islas Hermanas (Sister Islands) at the Whidbey CyberC@fe on Feb. 7. The film celebrates a 13-year relationship between people on Bainbridge Island and Ometepe Island in Nicaragua: Organic, shade-grown coffee from Ometepe, sold by volunteers in the United States, funds clean water projects in Nicaragua; Ometepe families host high school students; and U.S. third graders create and sell calendars to support school projects on their sister island. Lush location footage and spirited Nicaraguan music help tell this story of international friendship. The producers and two teachers from Ometepe will be at the screening. and Ometepe coffee will be available for sampling. Call 341-5922 or 341-1269 for more information. Magical Strings concertA concert for Whidbey Island Waldorf School will be held on Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, featuring the internationally acclaimed duo Magical Strings, plus several island musicians and entertainers. Magical Strings intertwines Celtic roots and classical world music in their repertoire. They will be joined by Randy Hudson and Friends, Irish step dancers and Sound Circle Eurythmy. Tickets are $10; $5 seniors and children under 13; available at the WICA box office, 221-8268. Big band at Sweethearts BallA swing dance to benefit the Bayview Community Hall is set for Feb. 12 from 8-11:30 p.m., with a 7 p.m. workshop with Greg Garbarino preceding the dance and music by Dick Tilkin's 20 piece big band, Generation Gap. There will be door prizes, a dance contest, and a raffle for a romantic stay at the Inn at Langley. Advance tickets are available at Joe's Island Music or 1504 Coffee Bar and Mercantile for $10, or pay $12.50 at the door. Double Trouble at Mystery WeekendFebruary Trouble is returning to again to the village of Langley, when the sleuths at Mystery Weekend will try to solve the murder of one alumni high school class president for which another class president has been arrested. And it may all be related to the Witchtailers who have formed a cult surrounding a novel called The Witch of Whidbey Woods. Are the murder and some mysterious disappearances just some sort of millennium madness or the result of a witch's curse? The dates for Langley Mystery Weekend are Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, on the streets of Langley. Noted mystery writer J.A. of Jance will be part of the weekend, taking part in the dramatic solution at 4:30 p.m. Sunday and giving a book talk and book signing afterward. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 221-6765. "

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