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Community celebrates Youth in Arts with week of special events

"Each May, the South Whidbey community celebrates the artistic endeavors of its young people with a week of performances, exhibits and displays. This year's events begin on Sunday, May 6, when the Whidbey Island Waldorf School hosts its annual May Faire, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school in Clinton. Kids will dress up and dance around the maypole. Activities include face painting, circus arts and other games. The schools gamelan orchestra will play, and two choirs will sing. There will also be plenty of festival food.The week of May 7 will see the start of student art displays in local businesses and various post offices on the Southend. The art work will be exhibited until the end of May.Several performances will also take place at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.Monday, May 7Performance Potpourri, free, 7 p.m. The program includes:*Students of Island Dance in two numbers they are rehearsing for competition in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Pacific Regional Dance America Conference, to be evaluated for membership.*Piano students of Maureen Rorex: Ashley Lopez, Natalie Schmidt, Jessica Baublitz, Harrison Price, Sara Mannie and Courtney Dettrich. There will also be a bake sale at intermission to benefit the Langley Jazz Festival.*Charlie Patnoe, eighth grade musician fresh from his recent Club Ded gig playing guitar Wednesday, May 9Island Strings concert, 7 p.m., free. Beginning and advanced strings, fiddling, guitar, piano and cello students will be featured. The orchestra prep will perform Des Colores, and Devin Matthews-Jensen and Jonathan Roenberg will be guest high school violinists, together with visitors from Coupeville and Oak Harbor high schools. Both the Twinkle and the pre-Twinkle classes will perform, and the Island Arts Council music scholarship awards will be presented. Friday, May 11Family Mime Show sponsored by WICA, 7 p.m. $7 all seats. WICA's Family Series continues with Seattle Mime Theatre. SMT has virtually created a new art form for youth and adults that is both rambunctious and subtle; the stage will be filled with wonderful characters and magical illusions.Saturday, May 12Performers and other youths will gather at 9:30 a.m. for the World's Shortest Parade, starting at 10 a.m. and marching down First Street in downtown Langley. A special feature will be the Grand Unveiling of the sculpture Porca Sighting before it heads to fame and fortune in Seattle. Created by Langley Middle School students from a model by sculptor Georgia Gerber, the porcas are part of Pigs on Parade, a fund-raiser for the Pike Place Market. Call parade coordinator Martha Murphy, 221-7880, if you want to be in the parade; youths of all ages are welcome. Free performances at WICA will follow the parade. Whidbey Children's Theatre and Primary and Intermediate School acts will be on stage from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.At 8 p.m. piano prodigy Aaron Parks will appear in concert with Anja Parks and the Langley Middle School Jazz Band at the South Whidbey High School auditorium. Tickets are $12 adults, $8 seniors and students, available at The Kitchen Shoppe and South Whidbey Animal Clinic.The month of May will continue in its tribute to youth art with performances on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, of the comedy Cheaper by the Dozen, presented by Whidbey Children's Theater at the Clyde Theatre. Shows are Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. All seats are $5 at the door. Call Martha Murphy at 221-7880 for more information.Ending the month dedicated to youth arts will be the South Whidbey High School Art Show. Paintings, ceramics and sculpture will be on exhibit from May 25-29 at the Bayview Gallery. "

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