We want to invite all Islanders, north and south, to come together to celebrate the Great American Experiment, which gave us a country where people from all ethnicities, religious beliefs, genders, sexes, and physical/mental abilities can be equal. We celebrate those who have fought for the experiment to continue. It hasn't been easy, and the experiment is ongoing, but let's take one day to leave behind all of the things that divide us and just be a community.
And what better way to do that than with a picnic! Remember community picnics? You come out to the park, set up some shade, bring a cooler and some chairs, maybe a grill, your kids and your dogs, and just visit with your neighbors for a while. Nothing fancy. Just saying hello and sharing food.
And have fun watching dogs catching Frisbees, or being in costume, or just having a good time being around all the people! We're going to have some fun dog contests starting at 2 pm, with prizes!
If this is not something you feel you can do, that's perfectly fine, just celebrate Independence Day in another place.
Please *do* bring kites, art projects, musical instruments, food to share, $5 for parking to help cover expenses, and some extra dollars to both donate to the non-profits that will be there, and to buy from locals! We'll have an area of the parking lot set aside for those who wish to bring out their grills.
Remember that Greenbank Farm has Whidbey Pies available at Old Spots Bistro, the Greenbank Farm Wine Shop (home of the justifiably famous loganberry wine), and Greenbank Cheese Specialty Food and Gifts. There's also an art gallery and a take-out food spot. So even if you don't bring your own cooler with you, there's plenty to eat at the Farm!
Atlas fundamentally expands access to assistance dogs. We support people with disabilities to train and certify their own service dog using positive, ethical training methods. At Atlas, we believe anyone who would benefit from a qualified assistance dog should be able to have one. We have scholarships available for WA veterans to go through our client certification program in partnership with Growing Veterans. We also have funds to cover a significant portion of the program cost to raise 1 pup to a year of age (a chocolate lab named Cal) who will then go to his future veteran partner and continue in our client certification program. Come see us at our table to get more information on our programs and to meet Cal!
HOW MAY WE SERVE YOU?
Our mission is to connect, educate, and serve Veterans, their families and communities.
Programs and benefits are available to them through the Veterans Administration and our local volunteer organization.
We provide veterans and their families with van transportation to off island medical appointments.
We network with existing veteran services organizations, community groups and churches to reach out
to veterans and their families in need. In addition, by partnering with other non-profits,
we provide opportunities for veterans to serve youth and other non-veterans in need in our community.
A place for Growing food, community, & each other. Growing Veterans Nonprofit Farm, Est. 2012 Donate Together We Can End Isolation 100% of your donation supports our mission to grow food, community, & each other, as well as our vision to end the social isolation that can lead to suicide.
Voyage Wilder Pet Services offers professional pet care, boarding, dog walking, park trips, dog training, and even pet photography locally on Whidbey Island. Mollie Underwood has been working professionally with dogs for the last 10 years, including schooling for animal behavior, veterinary nursing, and dog training, as well as a passion for rescue work, canine enrichment, and photography. She has a number of certifications, such as Canine First Aid & CPR, Safe Group Play Management, and Dog Handling, along with Dog Training certifications, Reactive Dog certifications, and Dog Behavior certifications.
Voyage Wilder has donated a mini photography session (worth $150) to the Best Costume prize!
Big Sky Products is all about simple healing foods and effective supplements for dogs. No hidden ingredients. No nonsense. Just foods we can feel good about. Their goals are to improve the health of pets and sustainable business practices. They use only antibiotic- and hormone-free proteins or wild caught salmon and organic fruits, veggies, seeds, herbs, and spices without any preservatives to craft delicious treats, food toppers, and protein packed snacks for your dog.
Big Sky is donating all kinds of treats for our contest winners!
I have a very simple philosophy: teaching your dog should be positive, force-free and fun. I’m a professional dog trainer and have been for over 7 years, first in North Carolina, then California and now on Whidbey Island. By providing positive, professional and experienced dog training at nearly every level, I have helped transform hundreds of dogs. My goal to help your dog become a happy, polite and fun member of your family. Your dog is never too old to learn (and neither are us humans!). My training programs deliver timely and solid results. My approach motivates your dog to choose to do what we teach, and to love doing so!
Passionate. Patient. Persistent. These are just a few of the characteristics that describe me. I know and love that each dog and its human(s) are different, and I’ll work with you to help your dog learn. Whether you are thinking about getting a puppy, have a new adult dog, or already own a dog with behavioral concerns, I am here to help. Private in-home training – Group training classes – AKC Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy training – Reactivity Reduction. firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy has donated three private training sessions, worth $300, for contest prizes!
Love Bug Pet Massage works with dogs and cats with various health needs, providing massage and laser therapy services for pain relief, management of arthritis, and general well being. Sarah is a certified Small Animal Massage Therapist and has been partnering with a rehab vet in Coupeville. She mainly sees clients there but can also do home visits on the south end. She studied with the Northwest School of Animal Massage, and has worked with clients in Seattle and on the Island since 2018. She's currently working towards her Fear Free certification.
Sarah has donated gift certificates to pet massage for the contest!
Beautiful handmade cutting boards from a local craftsman, using both wood and gorgeous resins.