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"ROCK HARD AT LEGIONThe band Rock Hard, playing the best in classic rock, will perform today, Saturday, Aug. 5, at the American Legion Post 141 in Langley.The five-piece band plays music from the '60s through the '90s, and dancers are welcome. Music is from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.MUSIC AT FREESTOCKHear Lynette Schultz and Lisa Toomey perform their signature brand of music fusing blues, rockafunk and Bonnie Raitt-style sound at Freestock, the free concert series that begins today at Freeland Park from 1-3 p.m. The summer music series sponsored by the Freeland Chamber of Commerce showcases showcase a variety of entertainment featuring some of the island's favorite bands, playing on scenic Holmes HarborBring a blanket and picnic basket, let the little ones swing on the jungle gym, and enjoy an afternoon of music and fun.Beverly Graham headlines the Aug. 12 Freestock concert, appearing with the Whidbey Island Marimba Band. The series will end on Aug. 19 with Bahia. The concerts will be canceled in case of rain.FAMILY MUSIC FESTRandy Hathaway, classical guitarist from Seattle, will join local musicians including Mike Gallus and Tim Van Wetter at a Family Festival hosted by Maxwelton Christian Fellowship today, Aug. 5, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Hathaway studied at Cornish and has performed classical guitar with the Rome, Italy, Festival Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera and others. He recently recorded the live CD, A Seattle Classical Guitar Society Concert with a 40 guitar orchestra.Along with the music, the festival and picnic will feature free food, games for the entire family and more. For more information call 579-5340. NEW ART EXHIBITSReceptions with the artists tonight from 6-9 p.m. will open new exhibits at the Gaskill/Olson and Museo galleries in Langley. Showing at Gaskill/Olson are acrylic artist Bob Gillis, Clinton painter Fara Mazzola Wexler, abstract artist Alec Clayton and Freeland fiber artist Alethea Shinneman. At Museo, glass sculptor Danny Perkins and watercolorist Elizabeth Kincaid have new pieces on exhibit.The Artists' Co-op in Langley is showcasing the works of watercolorist Joan Brosnahan and metal sculptor Paul M. Thorne.MEERKERK FOLK FESTIVALMeerkerk Gardens brings back its popular Whidbey Island Folk Music Festival on Aug. 5 and 6, with acoustic music in the great outdoors from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.Northwest musicians perform in a natural amphitheater of tall fir trees and cool lawn. On Saturday: Carolyn Cruso performs at 11:30 a.m.; Kinzel & Hyde at 1:05 p.m.; and Stone Circle at 2:40 p.m. Sunday's lineup starts with the Filucy Hootchie Kootchie Band at 11:30 a.m.; 3 Leg Torso performs at 1:05 p.m.; and the closing act at 2:40 is Telynor.Admission at the door is $7.50 per adult, $12.50 for both days; seniors, $5 and $10; ages 5-16, $1; under 5 free. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Lunch, soft-drinks and Whidbey Island Berry Pies will be available, or bring your own picnic.For details on the musicians and Meerkerk Gardens visit the website: www.whidbey.net/meerkerk/gardens.html. Meerkerk is located south of Greenbank off State Route 525 at Resort Road. CAN-DO-SOUNDYoung singers and dancers of high school age are invited to audition on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 3 p.m. for Can-Do-Sound, a new performing group being formed by the Can Do! Project. The hip-hop/pop/jazz-style troupe will be trained for media venues, entertaining with songs that help their peers make positive choices.Auditions take place in the Island Dance studios at Ken's Korner Mall. Both young men and women are needed. For information call Linda Colley, 579-1788. JANIE CRIBBS IN CONCERTPopular singer/songwriter Janie Cribbs makes a return appearance on Friday, Aug. 11, when she and her band play a live summer show upstairs at Teddy's on Whidbey.The band has ben spending the last several months in the recording studio. Along with Cribbs they include co-writer and guitarist Joe Reggiatore, Dan O'Connell on harmonica, Tom Hoeflich on bass and David Malony on drums and percussion.Cribbs is known for a unique vocal style coupled with insightful song stories set into folk, rock and blues-flavored melodies, arranged and played with grace and energy by this tight ensemble.Doors open at 8:30 p.m., with music at 9; cover is $7. Call 331-2882 for more information.ISLANDER IN QUILTFESTJanet Steadman of Clinton is a finalist in the Great Pacific Northwest Quiltfest, Aug. 11-13 at the Seattle Center's Northwest Rooms. Her entry, Split Decision, will compete among 221 quilts and wearable art entries from Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Northwest Territories, Oregon, Washington and the Yukon. Thousands of dollars in cash and major prizes, including top of the line sewing machines, will be awarded to winners in nine categories.The Quiltfest is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Admission is $8/$7. For information call 206-622-2826 or visit the website at www.apnq.org.COUPEVILLE ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIREntertainment will take place nonstop at the Coupeville Arts and Crafts festival Aug. 12-13, featuring Island groups such as the Aloha Dancers, Local Buddha, Janie Cribbs, the South Whidbey Marimba Band and the Shifty Sailors, among others.Several artists in action will be present also, showing glass blowing, woodcarving, rug hooking, blacksmithing, spinning and many other crafts.The event runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. "

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