Joan Soltys

Cherished Nutcracker ballet returns to South Whidbey

A young girl, clutching a wooden Christmas nutcracker, dreams of finding her prince, while witnessing a battle scene of red-suited soldiers repelling a squadron of… Continue reading


‘Tis the season at the annual Lighting of Langley

The sounds of holiday music, carol singing and expectant kids waiting for Santa marked the annual Lighting of Langley on Saturday at Langley Park. The… Continue reading


A light-filled cemetery marks All Soul’s Eve

F or more than 20 years, on the day after the costumed merriment of Halloween, a more reflective community event takes place in the environs of… Continue reading


Healing Circles offers sanctuary and support

The people sitting in a circle of comfortable chairs may talk about their personal challenges, the issues that affect them — a diagnosis of cancer,… Continue reading

Growing after all these years

Bayview Farm and Garden celebrates anniversary

Buddhist teacher to demonstrate art of calligraphy

One of the preeminent calligraphers in Japan and the abbot of Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery in Freeland will be at Bayview Hall in Langley… Continue reading

11-year-old collects 1,725 pounds of food for Good Cheer Food Bank

When Spencer Jonas turned 4 years old, he asked his friends to bring an item of food to his birthday party to be donated to… Continue reading

Here comes the sun: Freeland thrift store goes solar

New rooftop solar array lights and warms Community Thrift

Whidbey celebrates Earth and ocean

Islanders love the earth they live on and the water that surrounds them. Almost every year since 2006, they have come together for an annual… Continue reading

Benefit Saturday for veteran resource center kicks off month-long fundraiser

Orrin Gorman McClellan, at age 21, returned from Afghanistan to his home on Whidbey Island in 2006, after serving three years in the Army. Plagued… Continue reading