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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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diana Lindsay holds a strong conviction that within each Whidbey woman lies a story waiting to be told.
Kevin Lungren and his daughter, Emma, have been attending South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District’s Dad and Daughter Ball “since Emma could walk.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Niki Greene, age 14, is brimming with excitement as she talks about her upcoming performance with the Island Dance Performing Team.
The Seattle Women’s Chorus will sing odes to women of the silver screen in a fundraising event for individuals in crisis.
Island County home prices for 2014 were at their highest since 2007, with a median value for single family homes at $264,950.
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 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.