Tour de Whidbey – 2015

Hedgebrook Farm

Hedgebrook Farm

Another year for the Tour de Whidbey and Coldwell Banker brokers again volunteered to host the favorite break station at Hedgebrook Farm. Over 250 people came by for water and snacks. The home-made snacks were provided by our brokers and were enjoyed by all who stopped. Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ brokers are proud to support Whidbey Island community activities and organizations. See you next year!

The Break Station

The Break Station

Happy Bikers

Happy Bikers

Community Fund – 30 Years and Counting

To date, Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Agents have contributed over $352,000 through the company’s “Community Fund” for people in need and for community agencies and schools on Whidbey Island. Many of our agents are personally involved with these worthwhile causes. Part of every commission is deposited into our Community Fund. Read about some of our recipients at http://www.cbwhidbey.com/community-fund-and-non-profit-org.

Whidbey Island Polar Bear Plunge

BRRRR!! Be on hand at Double Bluff Beach in Freeland on January 1 to partake in the annual Polar Bear Plunge. Registration is at 10:30 am and the jump is at noon. The cost is $15 (bring a can of food for Good Cheer and get $5 off). You’ll get coffee and an official event T-shirt. Proceeds benefit the 4-H Teen Leaders Program. A great community event!

Free Homebuyer Workshop

Keys to your new homeLouis Muniz of Well Fargo Mortgage will be hosting a Free Homebuyer Workshop this Saturday, October 19, from 11am-12:30pm at the Wells Fargo in Freeland. Learn about finding, financing, and owning a home in today’s real estate market. Louis will explain the benefits and costs of home ownership; credit, debt, & mortgage guidelines; how different kinds of mortgages work; and how to choose a Realtor to help you choose your new home (big hint: Coldwell Banker Tara Properties can help you there).

If you’re interested, call Louis to reserve your seat. He can be reached at 360-331-5952 (office) or 360-969-1028 (cell). This is open to any member of the community whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or a new home buyer.

Drug Take Back Program

Island County’s Sheriff’s office is once again hosting a free Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 am to 2 pm. They will collecting any unused, expired, or unwanted prescription drugs – no questions asked. This is a far better way to dispose of your prescription drugs than in your sewer or septic tank or throwing in the trash.

There are 3 stations in our community you can come to: Island County Sheriff’s Office in Freeland at 5521 E. Harbor Road, Coupeville Marshal’s Office at 4 N.E. Seventh St., and Oak Harbor Police Department at 860 S.E. Barrington Drive.

Whidbey This Weekend

Lots going on on Whidbey Island this weekend…

The Annual Whidbey Farm Tour, a FREE, self-guided tour of 14 different farms on Whidbey. There will be veggies, fruits, llamas, alpacas, chickens, goats, yarn, liqueur, flowers, honey, blueberries, herbs, teas, beef, and much more. The tour will be Saturday and Sunday (9/21 & 9/22) from 10am to 4pm. Click on the link, download the map and go visit. Note: Some of the farms are only open one day, so read the descriptions carefully.

Tour de WhidbeyThe Tour de Whidbey, happening on Saturday, 9/21, is an an annual bicycling event with 6 routes to choose from, measuring from 30 to 100 miles long. They even have a fairly flat family-friendly 10-mile run. Some are very challenging with varied terrain. All of them take in the beautiful scenery that is Whidbey Island. Coldwell Banker Tara Properties will be maintaining one of the Hospitality Break Stations, offering refreshments and encouragement to riders along the way.

Just north of Whidbey, Anacortes will host the 2013 Oyster Run – the largest motorcycle run in the Pacific Northwest. This free event will take place on Sunday (9/22), but riders will be arriving throughout the weekend. If you plan on attending, they recommend you get there early–“the place will be packed”.

Spring Shred Event

Mark your calendars for May 11 from 10 am to 2 pm and get rid of old sensitive documents the easy way while supporting one of Island County’s non-profit organizations. The Soroptimist International of South Whidbey Island is holding a ‘Spring Shred Event’ at the Trinity Lutheran Parking Lot at 18341 SR 525 in Freeland. Time to clean out your filing cabinets, garages & storage rooms. Securely dispose of your personal and financial records by a licensed and bonded secure shredding company. Minimum donation is $5 for banker’s box or grocery bag and $10 for an oversized box or bag.

Drug Take Back on Saturday

Law enforcement agencies are holding their 5th ‘Drug Take Back’, giving residents an opportunity to dispose of unwanted medication safely. The goal is to prevent accidental poisoning, drug abuse, and drug-seeking burglaries.

Oak Harbor police will accept medications in the front lobby of the police department. The Coupeville marshal will accept medications at Town Hall. And the Island County sheriff will be at the South Precinct on East Harbor Road in Freeland. The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at three island locations.

Sheriff Mark Brown said the emphasis of the program is on prescription pain pills, but that any type of unused or expired prescription medicine are accepted.

You can read more about the program on this Whidbey News-Times article.

Congratulations to our Award Winners!

We just enjoyed our 2012 Awards Breakfast yesterday at Gordon’s Restaurant in Freeland. A fabulous meal and almost all of our brokers and staff attended plus we had two guests from the Coldwell Banker corporate world as well as our two recent retirees.

Our award winners are:

Diamond Society: Rick Chapman

Sterling Society: Ron Admiral

Merit Society: Charlene Arnold, Christina Parker, Deborah Jones, Gary Ingram, Joe Supsinskas, Marchele Hatchner, Steve O’Sullivan and Victoria Buerger

Honorable Mention: Bob Blakley, Cathy Wilson, Gail Pierce, Kathleen Philippsborn, Lawrence Wallace, Lisa Rogers, Ronald Macdonald, Sheila Davies, Tom White, and Wayne Locke.

Congratulations to all of our award winners. We expect to have many more at our 2013 Awards celebration next year.

Deception Pass: An American Story

Kamarie Chapman, daughter of our own Rick Chapman, has written the play, “Deception Pass: An American Story”, which takes place on Whidbey Island. The play will be presented in the Performing Arts Center Mainstage Theater at Western Washington University. If you’re interested in viewing it, you can get more information at http://www.wwu.edu/theatredance.

We know Rick is very proud of this accomplishment and we all look forward to Kamarie’s next endeavor.