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It’s all about NEUROSCIENCE 

FRIDAY – JANUARY 27th, 2012 – 1pm – PST! 

Mark Brady, Ph.D. is a neuroscience educator.  He co-founded the Children’s Grief Program at Kara, a public service agency in Palo Alto, California where he only stopped volunteering upon moving to Whidbey Island.

In addition to being a long-time member of  the graduate research faculty at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, he writes a weekly column on social neuroscience for parents (The Committed Parent).

He is the prize-winning author of a number of books, magazine articles and academic papers. Two recent titles are: Safe and Secure: A Guide to Parenting with the Brain in Mind and A Father’s Book of Listening. These and other titles can be ordered wherever fine books are sold on the Internet or by emailing: He is currently working on a new book on helping children escape childhood unscathed. It will be available in September, 2012.

It’s was a BUSY 2011 – with TOO MANY EGGS in the carton!

Gwen was involved in so many projects from May of 2011 to January 2012 – she was unable to sit in the chair and do her own shows.

So after working with others, training new hosts, some heady business building projects, a couple trips here and there, she’s back in the chair & behind the board at KWPA Whidbey Air.

TUNE or STREAM in for her music show – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday – from 4 to 7pm Pacific Standard Time

Music will be guided by listener feedback and Gwen’s own strangely assorted genre library.

Gwen’s TALK show Whidbey Chat – will be back on it’s regular time soon!  STAY TUNED.

Hello folks,

Gwen will be airing archived shows through Thanksgiving. Tune in at the regular times – Monday’s 11am, Thursday 9am, Friday’s 4pm and Saturday’s at 7pm’s – Pacific Standard Time – for past shows on archives.  And, please log onto KWPA radio’s website’s podcast page to listen to podcasts.

Thank you for your support of Whidbey’s community radio station – KWPA!

Whidbey Giving Circle

Gwen was joined this week by Larry Lowry and Jody Watts of the Whidbey Giving Circle

Listen to Jody and Larry share with Gwen just what the Giving Circle is, what they do, and how you can get involved with this powerfully generous group of island residents.  People who do good work and have a good time doing it.

Re-broadcast of interview can be heard on

Thursday – April 7th at 9am

Friday – April 8th at 4pm

and Saturday April 9th at 7pm.

Tune in to 96.9fm around the Penn Cove of Whidbey


stream from anywhere you can connect to the internet at KWPA’s listen page.

The Whidbey Giving Circle is a community of Island County citizens who pool resources to support LGBTQ equality and young people on the island. Membership is open all who make a financial contribution of any size.  Annual gifts range from $15 to $5,000.  Every gift is powerful and earns the donor opportunities to vote on key Whidbey Giving Circle grants and scholarships.  Members are encouraged to help guide the annual grant and scholarship cycles by reviewing applications and working with a committee to determine annual awards.  Affiliated with Pride Foundation, the Whidbey Giving Circle began in 2007 and has since grown to nearly 70 members, providing approximately $20,000 of annual support to organizations, community leaders and students.

From September to January, the Whidbey Giving Circle hosts houseparties and educational sessions on the island to link community members and provide key opportunities to learn, socialize and make an annual membership commitment.  From February to June, both grants and scholarships are determined.  The group celebrates their investments and enjoys the sunshine together through an annual summer picnic.

Prior grantees include: Citizens Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse for their work to support LGBTQ youth across Whidbey Island and the Whidbey Children’s Theater for productions that address LGBT related issues and spur thoughtful conversation and learning within the community.  The Whidbey Giving Circle has provided 8 scholarships to student leaders.

Pride Foundation has invested over $20,000 in eleven organizations that serve Island counties LGBTQ community. Much of this funding comes from the Whidbey Giving Circle, a group of Island residents that come together every year to raise and distribute funds on Whidbey. In addition, numerous Pride Foundation scholars hail from this area.

Currently, grants to nonprofits (besides those made by the Whidbey Giving Circle) are made from Pride Foundation’s Cascadia cycle, which is administered in Seattle, WA. A key goal of Pride Foundation’s is to have an active Pride Regional Community established in this area, so all funding decisions are made at the local level. We have begun working towards this goal and will continue to update the community as we progress.

If you would like to learn more about getting involved with the Pride Foundation please send us an email or call us at 1-800-735-7287.

Available Grant: Whidbey Giving Circle
The Whidbey Giving Circle is accepting grant applications for organizations and programs on Whidbey Island that benefit LGBT youth or raise awareness.
Grant application must be postmarked by April 5, 2011. – Download the application
Unavailable Grant: Cascadia Grants – Grant application will be available in Summer 2011.

Look out old timer eateries in Coupeville, for the second year running, a brand new business WON the MUSSEL CHOWDER CONTEST!

Ebey Bowl, located at 1203 W Terry Road in Coupeville, made the best chowder and has raised the bar for the 2012 Penn Cove Mussel Fest.  Last year the 2010 mussel chowder winner was Mosquito Fleet on Front St. in Coupeville.

Matt and Heidi Iverson and Mimi and Scott Johnson, owners of Ebey Bowl – will surely be fielding tons of congratulatory phone calls, emails and visitors today – giving them no time to rest after a whirl wind Mussel Fest weekend.

When asked, by Gwen, at the Mussel Mingle, Friday night, what he had planned for his chowder entry, Matt Iverson said he had no idea what he was doing – but he was confident it would be delicious and he was not worried”.  Looks like his confidence paid off!

Congratulations to the STAFF of EBEY BOWL!


Ebey Bowl
1203 W. Terry Road
(360) 678-2255


The Penn Cove MusselFest Headquarters is located at the Coupeville Recreation Hall.
Tickets for Saturday and Sunday festival activities must be purchased there.

Parking is available next to the Coupeville Library off of NW Alexander Street and at the Island County Buildings on Main Street (a 3 block walk to downtown and the Rec Hall)

Friday, March 4, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday, March 5, 10:30am-9pm
Sunday, March 6, 10:30am-5pm

Click on the 2011 Penn Cove Mussel Festival poster to go to their official site.


WSU Extension Master Gardener’s Join Gwen

Today on KWPA’s Whidbey Chat, Gwen hosted Island County Master Gardener’s Marcia Nelson and Carolyn Mercer, for a conversation about the Washington State University Extension’s Master Gardener program, how it to get involved, what they do as Master Gardeners, and their upcoming annual Whidbey Gardening Workshop 2011.

During the interview, Gwen found out that the Master Gardener’s program was founded in Washington state, that any Master Gardener program you’ll find in this country can be directly related back to our own state.

The Master Gardener Program is a national program of trained volunteers who work in partnership with their county Extension office to extend information throughout their community. The first Master Gardener program was started in Washington State in 1973. Master Gardeners provide only research-based information, giving the public accurate and tested answers to their questions.

Since joining Master Gardener’s in 2003, Carolyn has enjoyed the education the program requires, the interaction it provides her with the community and the valuable experiences it has brought to her life here on Whidbey.  Likewise Marcia, a Master Gardener since 2001, has fully embraced the program and all that it brought to her life.

Both are fully involved in the upcoming 2011 Whidbey Gardening Workshop, taking place at the Coupeville Middle/High School, March 19, from 9am to 3:30pm.  With over 60 classes to choose from, the event is open to the public at the cost of 35.00, and an additional 8.00 if you’d like to purchase lunch.   Excitedly Carolyn and Marcia shared that their keynote speaker for the event will be Graham Kerr of Galloping Gourmet fame.

Graham Kerr was born in London and grew up around some of the finest chefs in Europe.  He is the author of over 20 cookbooks. His newest, Growing at the Speed of Life, reflects his transition from cooking highly caloric gourmet foods to adopting and promoting a healthier lifestyle that features flavorful lower calorie diets and sustainable living.  Graham and his wife, Treena, live in Mt. Vernon where he grows his own food in a kitchen garden, the inspiration for his new book. Autographed copies of Growing at the Speed of Life can be purchased at the workshop.

For more information on Graham and his current projects go to

Chef Kerr can be seen on Food Network Rachel Ray show on March 2nd.  Tune in for a preview of what you can expect on March 19th at the WSU Extension Master Gardener program. For the first time ever, the man who inspired Rachael joins her in the kitchen for an unforgettable cooking experience – it’s the triumphant return of The Galloping Gourmet!

To hear this KWPA interview with Gwen, Marcia and Carolyn again tune to 96.9fm in the central Whidbey area or stream it on the net fromKWPA’s website Thursday – March 3rd at 9am – and Friday – March 4th at 4pm.

In Island County, Master Gardener training takes place once a year running January through March. The  2011 training will be on-line combined with some class time and field trips. Classes are taught by WSU faculty and veteran Master Gardeners. The cost of training is $170.00. All applicants will be interviewed and from among those interviewed 20 will be accepted into training. Those accepted into training agree to volunteer 85 hours of community service over the next two years as Island County Master Gardeners.  NOTE: the 2011 application process for the WSU Extension Master Gardener’s is closed.  Please connect to the link to research and apply for the following years 20 slots.

WSU Extension, PO Box 5000, Coupeville WA 98239. Or call us at 360-240-5527 to request an application by mail.

A Day on the Radio in 1946

A presentation of KWPA Radio – Whidbey Island’s Community Radio Station

North, Central or South Whidbey – there’s a performance for you!


May 21st, 2011 – 7pm

South Whidbey High School Auditorium

5675 Maxwelton Road, Langley – Whidbey Island


May 28th, 2011 – 7pm

Oak Harbor High School Auditorium

350 South Oak St. Oak Harbor – Whidbey Island

KWPA has brought back, by popular demand, their Old Time Radio – Live on Stages Shows.

Only 2 performances – Tickets go on sale April 1st

Don’t miss this one of a kind production benefiting Whidbey Island’s community radio KWPA


Come enjoy 4 wonderfully performed LIVE radio programs

from days gone by




The Boston Blacke radio series began on June 23, 1944, on NBC as a summer replacement for Amos ‘n’ Andy.

The original Boston Blackie, by Jack Boyle, his only book, was written in 1919. The character “Boston Blackie”, real name Horatio Black*, was a young, handsome, well educated, gentleman that loves women and children. However, he is also a hardened criminal, a jewel thief and safe cracker, who’d served time in a California prison. His wife, Mary, is “his best loved pal,” and his collaborator on all his capers. This can be better understood when you realize that the Mary in the Boston Blackie stories has an underworld crook for a father.

Come see Boston Blackie fight crime live on stage – on Whidbey Island.




Whidbey’s own Carolyn and Rich Tambler

return as the funny duo!

Fibber McGee and Molly was a radio show that played a major role in determining the full form of what became classic, old-time radio. The series was a pinnacle of American popular culture from its 1935 premiere until its end in 1959. One of the longest-running comedies in the history of classic radio in the United States, Fibber McGee and Molly has stood the test of time in many ways, transcending the actual or alleged limitations of its medium, form and concurrent culture.  The program struggled in the ratings until 1940, when it became a national sensation. Within three years, it was the top-rated program in America.



The series had its beginnings in 1938 on Chicago radio station, WGN. Created by Robert M. Burtt and Willfred G. Moore, the creators of The Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen, the series was sponsored by the Skelly Oil Company. The program was syndicated, recorded on 16″ glass discs at a studio in an office building at LaSalle St and Wacker Drive at the ad agency of Blackett, Sample and Hummert.

In the beginning, “Captain Midnight” was simply an undercover name for Jim “Red” Albright, who regularly piloted cargo and passengers. As an undercover agent, Albright was trying to gather information on a gang of criminals. Captain Midnight was constantly trying to stop the plans of the evil Ivan Shark and his daughter Fury. Shark remained as Midnight’s evil nemesis throughout the length of the radio run.



The Romance of Helen Trent was one of the most beloved of all the old time radio shows, and its loyal fans faithfully followed, year after year, the unending triumphs and heartbreaks of their glamorous star-crossed friend, Hollywood dress designer Helen Trent. Like a good friend, Helen was there for them, sharing her innermost secrets in heartbreaking fifteen-minute slices, for nearly three decades. The grand romance finally ended after over 7, 200 episodes in 1960. In fact, Helen outlived most of network radio!


Tickets go on sale on April 1, 2011 at

Support you Whidbey Island Community Radio




May 21st, 2011 – 7pm

South Whidbey High School Auditorium

5675 Maxwelton Road, Langley – Whidbey Island


May 28th, 2011 – 7pm

Oak Harbor High School Auditorium

350 South Oak St. Oak Harbor – Whidbey Island


Gwen was pleased that Carla Jolley could join us on Whidbey Chat today.

With the intent on providing a valuable experience for the KWPA listening audience, and the many people on our island facing tough health care realities, Gwen invited Carla into the KWPA studio to enlighten us about her important work in palliative care.  Palliative care is specialized care focused on the pain, symptoms and stress of very serious illness.

The way Carla approaches her work, how she helps her patient’s, and their families, face necessary and difficult health care decisions, is based in her genuine concern for people and her sincere commitment to proper and ethical palliative care. Carla is easy going, deeply devoted, funny (in the most respectful ways), and not afraid to broach the most difficult topics many of us are unable face, let along navigate.

For those caring for a sick loved one, friend, or client, Carla also had a lot to say about care giving, caregivers and the personal needs people face while caring for someone.

All told, this interview contains important information and resources from a woman who is truly interested in people, good at listening and easy to listen to.  THANK YOU Carla!

This interview will re-broadcast on Thursday, Feb. 24th at 9am & Friday, Feb 25th at 4pm from KWPA’s 96.9fm around central Whidbey and streamed over KWPA’s website.

A podcast of this interview will be available on the KWPA website in 3 weeks.

Carla Jolley’s Bio

Education: University of Washington, Post Masters Adult Practitioner Certificate, 1994; University of Washington, MN/Oncology Program, 1990; Oregon Health Sciences University, BSN, 1984; Oregon State University, Pre-nursing, 1982

ONS Participation (national and local):

2010–present: Team Leader: Institute for Evidenced Based Practice/Oral Chemotherapy Project

2010–present: Team Leader: ONS Foundation Pat McCue Chapter End of Life Care Nursing Career Development Award

2008–2009: Committee member: Role Delineation Study for Advanced Practice Nurse, ONCC

2005–2007: Committee member: Membership/Leadership Panel Advisory Board

2003–2004:  Participant: Leadership Development Institute

2001–2002: Committee Member: APN Retreat/Online & Educ Committee

1991–1995: Chair: Education and Program Committee for Puget Sound Oncology Society

Work-Related Skills and Leadership:

2005–present: Co-Chair: Practice Council of Nursing for Whidbey General Hospital/Using Evidence Based Practice Concepts, implement policies/procedures/education initiatives/set competencies

2002–present: Chair: Interdisciplinary Pain Committee for Whidbey General Hospital/provide leadership for infrastructure needs, organize Pain Awareness Month/address community and institutional needs

2002–present: Chair: Palliative Care Education/Training for Whidbey General Hospital/plan and oversee program/present content and mentor/support others to build internal experts

1989–present: Committee member: Cancer Committee, Whidbey General Hospital/assist with ACOS accreditation needs/participate in program planning and implementation/provide ongoing community education program

Healthcare/Cancer Organizations Experience, Other Professional Nursing Organizations/Additional experience (community, political etc.):

2007–2010: Treasurer/Central Whidbey Investment Club: Financial records and monthly reports, buying and selling stocks, filing taxes

1997–1998: Committee member/ American Nurses Credentialing Center: Role-Delineation Committee for Clinical Nurse Specialists ANCC

1995–2002: Committee member/American Nurses Credentialing Center: Test Development Committee for Clinical Nurse Specialist in Home Health Nursing

1990–2008: Relay for Life/American Cancer Society: Almost annually, participated in team and fund-raising in particular played the role of Madame Zorba

ONS member: 24 years; Special Interest Group member: 5+ years; Chapter member: 23 years

Plumeria - at the Case Farm

Shelia & Mike Case-Smith make farming seem like fun.  The energy and attitude up at Case Farm, north of Oak Harbor, has a casual but hardworking feel about it.

112 years since her Great Grandfather, Alonzo Case, started the family farm, the Case-Smith family continues to foster diverse and healthy farming, on land that has the familial memory of a Whidbey Island history book.

Along with their three children, two girls and a boy, and their assorted feathered and hairy friends, Shelia and Mike produce enough food to feed their family, their extended families and three Whidbey Island Farmer’s Markets.

Listen to Shelia Case-Smith talk about the Case Farm

Known for their powerhouse tomato plants, great produce, fall pumpkin patch and countless other plants and veggies, Sheila and Mike, are trying their hand at unusual delicious and sweet smelling produce (an flowers) most people would never dream of growing in the Pacific Northwest.  With a daughter who has traveled the world and Shelia’s trip to Hawaii, the farm is home to such trees as olive, lemon, lime, banana, not to mention the lemon grass, a coconut, plumeria and numerous other unusual plants the Case-Smith’s nudge along.

Not your “run of the mill” farmer, Shelia uses an unusual marketing tactic to make an impact on her customers.  And her husband, Mike, can also be found using this same tactic impress those who stop by the pumpkin patch in the fall.   Listen to Gwen’s interview with Sheila to find out what the tactic is.

Listen to Shelia Case-Smith talk about the Case Farm

Pictured above is one of the Plumeria blossoms Shelia and Mike have in their greenhouse.  Gwen is sorry to say the batteries on her camera conked out, after the second photo – so you’ll have to wait to see more pictures of the Case Farm in Oak Harbor.

THANKS TO SHELIA AND MIKE – for allowing KWPA and Gwen up to the farm!  This interview continues and enhances the Whidbey Chat Farm Tour for Your Ears!

We hope listener’s enjoy getting to know the farmers who make Whidbey Island’s farming community world class!



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