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Independence Day on Whidbey and Camano Islands

Independence Day is so big around here we celebrate it over several days! July 1 -4 Oak Harbor Whidbey Island’s largest community also has its largest celebration. It’s also just been voted as among the top 10 Independence Day celebrations in the country! Things begin with July 1 with a carnival that lasts through the 4th.  Independence Day begins with a …

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Whidbey Island Garden Tour – June 18

June is peak bloom season and what better time than to tour some of the island’s top gardens.  Five gardens are on display and you can bet that you’ll come away with plenty of ideas and motivation for your garden.  The gardens are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so you can tour them at your pace.  Tickets are …

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Savor Spring Food, Wine & Spirits Tour

A Springtime Tour of Whidbey Island’s “Spirited” Side Many of Whidbey Island’s finest wineries, and even a distillery, bring you a reason for a weekend getaway.  The “Savor Spring” wine tour gives visitors the opportunity to sample sweet pairings of local wines and wonderful chocolate treats. The tour is self-guided, meaning you drive yourself from place to place.  This gives …

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PianoFest Northwest – April 28 – May 1

BRINGING WORLD-CLASS ARTISTS TO THE ISLAND IN A CELEBRATION OF PIANO MUSIC—CLASSICAL TO CONTEMPORARY Whidbey Island Center for the Arts’ fourth annual PianoFest Northwest, a four-day piano music festival running April 28 – May 1. All seats $25. Schedule: April 28 – Karin Kajita and Nelda Swiggett Karin Kajita and Nelda Swiggett kick off PianoFest 2016 with their popular “Sister Act”. …

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KIRO Radio – The Orchard Kitchen

All About Crab “Buy live crab…that’s the only way you know that it’s fresh,” says chef Vincent Natress.  It’s the first of many insights Natress offers KIRO’s Tina Noel in this interview that foodies will love.  Noel was one of a handful of people taking a cooking class to learn the ins and outs of how to dispatch, then prepare crab …

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Hiking and Walking Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor offers visitors many opportunities to explore their travel interests, from fine dining and shopping to military history and whale watching. What Oak Harbor may not be known for —but should be— is hiking and walking. There are several options for every activity level, from avid hikers to family strolls, and dogs are welcome on treks.

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Research: Vacations with your kids build their brains

Escape!  The word conjures visions of putting the stress, cares and responsibility away, even if just for a while.  But for children, it can be a time for growth and building a tighter family bond. Now, a child psychotherapist and director of London’s “Centre for Child Mental Health” says there’s scientific evidence that vacation time can be a major period of …

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KIRO Radio – About Penn Cove Mussels

KIRO Radio’s weekend cooking show with Tom Douglas takes us to Penn Cove for, what else? Penn Cove Mussels.
KIRO’s Tina Noel talks with Penn Cove Mussels co-owner Raul Jefferds and heads out on a boat to get an up-close look at the operation.