Kate Daniel

Original Jim brings ‘beatbox soul’ to WICA

Like the melodies he once bestowed upon throngs of Euro-Disney tourists and numerous Pacific Northwest bar-goers, Jim Castaneda’s drum beats are created with his voice. On Saturday, March 21, Castaneda will be bringing his act to the main stage in the latest installment of Whidbey Island Center for the Arts’ Local Artist Series, “Original Jim Live, Beatbox Soul.”

Freeland dojo Tiger Martial Arts still kicking after 10 years

Wendi Barker, owner of Tiger Martial Arts in Freeland, began her first karate class in Boston at age 30, after her son RJ was born with spina bifida.

Langley High School alumni reunite to reminisce

For the group of 15 men seated around the lunch table at Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club, the conversation quickly shoots from discussion of one’s upcoming vacation to recollections of another’s family antics and yet another’s deceased loved one. The men are all alumni of the former Langley High School. The eldest members of the group graduated in 1944 while the youngest graduated from high school in 1955.

Trinity hires first female pastor

Elizabeth Felt was called to the ministry at an early age, but being female, she didn’t see pastorship as a viable career option. On March 1, Felt’s dream was realized when she was installed as the first female pastor of Freeland’s Trinity Lutheran Church.

Sarungano raises funds for Zimbabwean children

In Shona, one of 16 official Zimbabwean languages, the word Sarungano means storyteller. The women of Sarungano are known throughout South Whidbey for sharing the story of traditional Zimbabwean music through their rich rhythms and joyous melodies, most of which are performed on mbiras.

Underwater robotics program at South Whidbey Academy seeks funding

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, a dozen or so brightly clad South Whidbey Academy middle schoolers buzzed about on one side of Timmie Sinclair’s “bat cave” chattering, problem-solving, labeling and affixing. On the opposite end of the classroom, a group of nine high schoolers clad in black Robotics Anonymous T-shirts concentrated a similar, though somewhat more complex, project.

Expert gives Whidbey beekeepers something to buzz about

Whidbey honeybee enthusiasts gathered Wednesday evening to hear a presentation from experts Dan and Judy Harvey. The Harveys are working to create a "survivor bee" in response to the recent rapid decline in honeybee populations worldwide.

WICA hosts WOW! Stories conference

Diana Lindsay holds a strong conviction that within each Whidbey woman lies a story waiting to be told.

Dads, daughters get ready to boogie at district ball

Kevin Lungren and his daughter, Emma, have been attending South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District’s Dad and Daughter Ball “since Emma could walk.”

South End Hip-Hop dancers Smash Brothaz to perform at WICA

Graham and Zane Vanderwood may not have danced themselves out of the womb, but the two brothers do appear to have been born to moonwalk, pop and glide.

South Whidbey Academy students studying for a greener future | CORRECTED

A group of students at South Whidbey Academy may not be able to save the world, but they are striving to save the land, and the communities that rely upon it.

Amy Walker returns to the Clyde with one-woman variety show

Former Clinton resident Amy Walker made her debut as an actor playing the part of baby Jesus in a church production well before she learned to walk.

South Whidbey fourth graders’ education enhanced with Chromebooks

On a recent Thursday morning, fourth grade students in Rachel Kizer's class at South Whidbey Elementary started their day with a math lesson. But rather than the hurried sound of pencils scratching on paper, the classroom was filled with the tapping of keys.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Whidbey Children’s Theater debuts classic tale of whimsey

A group of children will embark on a fantastical early 20th century adventure to the land of Vulgaria aboard a spirited former race-car by the name of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

South End schools join stand for federal rule change

The South Whidbey School District Board of Directors is continuing its pursuit of an amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act, also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

‘Other Moves’ to showcase Island Dance students’ talent

Niki Greene, age 14, is brimming with excitement as she talks about her upcoming performance with the Island Dance Performing Team.

Seattle Women’s Chorus sings for domestic violence prevention

The Seattle Women’s Chorus will sing odes to women of the silver screen in a fundraising event for individuals in crisis.

Property values still on the rise in Island County, experts say

Island County home prices for 2014 were at their highest since 2007, with a median value for single family homes at $264,950.

Freeland author pens memoir of a caretaking husband

When Allan Ament’s wife Deloris Tarzan Ament suffered a debilitating stroke in 2005, the routine and concept of normality that he had become familiar with were gone.

Award-winning documentarian to show works at The Clyde

Award-winning filmmaker Ruth Gregory’s professional storytelling career began at the age of 15, when the astute South Whidbey Falcon walked into the office of the Island Independent and asked for a job. Gregory sought more than a chance to demonstrate and refine her writing chops; she sought the opportunity to share the stories of her community.