What’s Happening || Thursday, April 16 through Sunday April 19

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BY KATY SHANER
Whidbey Life Magazine Contributor
April 15, 2015

Welcome to the weekend on Whidbey. Many weekend events start on Thursday night so this “What’s Happening” covers Thursday through Sunday. “What’s Happening” is a collaborative information guide project between the The Visitor Information Kiosk and Whidbey Life Magazine.

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

ROB SCHOUTEN GALLERY
“Old Dogs, New Tricks” at 7:30 p.m. In recognition of April Poetry Month, Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm is pleased to present an evening of poetry titled, “Old Dogs, New Tricks,” featuring poets David Ossman, Stephen Roxborough & John Burgess. Everyone is welcome to come hear these masters of the spoken word read selected poems, while enjoying the artful surroundings of the gallery. Book signing to follow reading. robschoutengallery.com/ 765 Wonn Road, #C-103, Greenbank, 360-222-3070 at Historic Greenbank Farm..

WHALE WATCHING
Gray whale migration is anticipated to be the largest in local History. Whale-watching excursions aboard the 100′ M/V Mystic Sea will depart from Langley three days per week, increasing to five weekly tours through May 10! Approximately 250 Gray whales will find their way into our inland Salish Sea. Departure time: Thursday—Monday through May 10 at 11 a.m. Additional cruise on Saturday & Sunday at 3 p.m. Reservations: www.mysticseacharters.com or call 1-800-308-9387 or 360-588-8000, Monte and Cindy Hughes, Mystic Sea Charters, mysticncia@seanet.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17

THE SALMON DINNER FUNDRAISER
5 – 7 p.m. at Langley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Chef: The incredibly talented Dave Anderson. Menu: Salmon, Baked Potato, Coleslaw, Garlic Bread, Dessert & Beverage. Benefits: Clients of Helping Hand. Suggested donation: $15 for adults, $10 for children. Langley United Methodist Church, 301 Anthes Ave., Langley. langleyumc.org/.

POETRY NIGHT
with Jim Freeman at 6:30 p.m. Could you write a poem in 20 minutes? Do you love the wonder of words? Celebrate National Poetry Month with wordsmiths Jim Freeman, Drew Kampion, Barton Cole, and Robin Barre. They’ll share some of their poetical works and then it’s time for a Poetry Slam with cool prizes for the best poetry written that evening. Come join the fun! Langley Library, 104 2nd St., Langley, www.sno-isle.org.

OTT & MURPHY WINES
Cabaret Erotique at 7:30 p.m. A literary, musical and fantasy Cabaret, focusing on women writers of the Surrealist era, including a scene from “The Taxi,” an erotic ride through Paris by Violette Leduc, poems by proto-Punk Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and Feminist-Futurist-Dadaist Mina Loy. Plus Sappho’s latest in Greek! The Menage-a-Quatre Ensemble includes erotic cellist Siri Bardarson, erotic poet-chanteuse Joni Takanikos, erotic novelist Judith Walcutt, and eroticized David Ossman, channeling Breton, Neruda & Cummings. Many Special Guests & audience participation! $10 cover. Reservations recommended. Ott & Murphy Winery Tasting Room, 204 First Street, Langley. (360) 221-7131.

PASTURE-IZED
7:30 p.m. at UUCWI on Friday April 17 and Saturday April 18. A musical about a Broadway producer whose family convinces him to retire to Whidbey Island. They quickly learn that you can take the man out of show business but you can’t take show business out of the man. Written and directed by Ken Merrell with original music by Eileen Soskin. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island 20103 SR 525 (approximately one mile north of Freeland on the west side of the highway).

Ticket reservations strongly recommended; concerts@uucwi.org. $15/adult and $5/student. Plan to arrive early. www.uucwi.org/.

WICA “ONE ACT FEST NORTHWEST”
7:30 p.m. (Also Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee April 19 at 2 p.m.)

WICA proudly announces its first one-act festival, featuring Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy, a tour-de-force farce written to be staged under a reverse lighting scheme. The play opens on a darkened stage, a few minutes later the show is “short circuited” and the stage is illuminated to reveal the characters in a “blackout.” This one act will be the showcase of the festival highlighting both published and original one acts.

Winning plays selected to be included in the One Act Fest NW are: Baby Food by David Lindsay-Abaire ~ Directed by Matthew Gregory, The Universal Language by David Ives ~ Directed by Jennifer Bondelid, Self-Adhesive by Richard Evans ~ Directed by Taylor Harrison, A one-time reading of Chemistry by Max Cole ~ Takanikos and Katie Woodzick.

Adult $22 / Senior $18 / Youth $15 / Matinee $15 / Military $15 Each Sunday Matinee performance will be followed by an audience Q&A. Tickets: (360) 221-8268 www.wicaonline.org Whidbey Island Center of the Arts 565 Camano Avenue Langley info@wicaonline.org

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

WELCOME THE WHALES DAY
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Langley Methodist Church, 3rd and Anthes, Langley. Welcome the Spring arrival of Gray whales to Whidbey! Educational Displays, Slide Shows and Family Activities.

1:30 p.m. “Welcome the Whales Parade!” Downtown Langley Come as your favorite critter, real or imagined!

2 – 2:30 p.m. Music & Celebration Waterfront Park Whale-watching from shore.

3 p.m. Educational Presentation Langley Methodist Church James Sumich, whale researcher and author of “E. robustus: The Biology and Human History of Gray Whales”. Plus: Photos of Orca Network’s March 2015 trip to San Ignacio Lagoon. Orca Network, info@orcanetwok.org.

WELCOME THE WHALES BBQ
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Kalakala Co Mercantile. Celebrating the triumphant return of the whales! Partnering with Galley Fare of Bellingham—salmon sliders, side dishes and refreshing beverages will be served on the back patio. Kalakala Mercantile, 138 2nd Street, Langley. http://kalakala.co/hello/.

THE SOUTH WHIDBEY HOMELESS COALITION
has purchased The House of Hope in Langley to provide a temporary home for homeless families with children and vulnerable adults! Community Celebration and Dedication at 1 – 5 p.m. at The House of Hope, 816 Camano Ave., Langley. Food and Beverages! Whidbey’s Own Artists! Gloria Ferry Brennan and Beverly Graham. Hope and hospitality abounds. Contact: swhomelesscoalition@gmail.com.

OTT & MURPHY WINES
Deja Blooze at 6:45 & 8:15 p.m. This blues ensemble features David Gregor on vocals & lead guitar, David Licastro on guitar, Russell Sparkman on bass & Scott Small on drums. The Blooze’ll have a few new tunes to offer up and some oldies revisited from the Blooze catalog. Award-winning Ott & Murphy wines round out this celebration of The Blues. Selections from a small plate menu are available. Cover charge: $9 per person. Reservations recommended. Ott & Murphy Winery Tasting Room, 204 First Street, Langley, (360) 221-7131, www.ottmurphywines.com.

PASTURE-IZED
7:30 p.m. at UUCWI. See Friday listing for details.  

WICA “ONE ACT FEST NORTHWEST”
7:30 p.m. (Also Sunday matinee April 19 at 2 p.m.) See Friday listing for details.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19

BENEFIT GRAY WHALE WATCH TRIP
3 – 5 p.m. Departing Langley Marina. $75 per person to support Orca Network! www.OrcaNetwork.org.  For more information, (360) 331-3543, info@orcanetwork.org. Connecting whales and people in the Pacific Northwest.

Orca Network is dedicated to raising awareness about the whales of the Pacific Northwest, and the importance of providing them healthy and safe habitats. Projects include the Whale Sighting Network & Education Programs, the Free Lolita Campaign, The Langley Whale Center, and the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

TILTHY SOIL MEANS HEALTHY VEGGIES
12 noon to 2 p.m at the South Whidbey Tilth classroom by the market, 2812 Thompson Road. Learn about what soil needs to produce a great garden, presented by Marc Wilson. Cost is $8 for South Whidbey Tilth members and $15 for non-members. For more information or to register contact Michael Seraphinoff, South Whidbey Tilth education chair. (360) 544-2278 or mjseraph@whidbey.net, market@southwhidbeytilth.org

BLOOMS WINERY TASTE FOR WINE & ART
3 – 5 p.m. Bloom welcomes Steve Jordan, one of the great singer songwriters making his home on Whidbey on Sunday afternoon at Blooms! To hear a sampling of his work, visit: www.stevejordanmusic.com. No cover, no minimums. Just fabulous wines and great music! The annual Mother Earth Art Show has opened, with paintings by Sharon Tryon and Anna Davis, photography by Elizabeth Atly, and pottery and shell art by Carol Rhodes (and many more) runs through April 27. Hours: Thursday 12 – 5 p.m., Friday 12 – 8 p.m., Saturday 11 – 6 p.m., Sunday 12 – 6 p.m., Monday 12 – 5 p.m. Blooms Winery Taste for Wine & Art. At the Bayview Corner Cash Store 5603 Bayview Rd., Langley. (360) 321-0515 www.bloomswinery.com www.tasteforwinewhidbey.com

WICA “ONE ACT FEST NORTHWEST”
Matinee at 2 p.m. See Friday listing for details.

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The Visitor Information Kiosk is funded by the Greater Freeland Area and Langley Chambers of Commerce and What’s Happening is prepared by Katy Shaner, Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, contact Katy at ktshaner@whidbey.com.

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