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Throw a strike, help a pooch. (Photo property WAIF)

Do it for Mittens.

And Sparky, and Lil’ Lulu, and the Colonel.

Take part in a bowling fundraiser for the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation this weekend, and your lane activity will benefit the pooches and kitties of the Island.

WAIF is hosting an event at Oak Bowl & Mario’s Pizza (531 SE Midway Blvd) Sunday, July 31 with proceeds going to benefit its work.

The fundraiser runs from 1:00-3:30 PM, costs $20 per person and covers two hours of bowling plus shoe rental.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle (cash only!) with $10 tickets. Hit the jackpot and you take home half the ticket sales.

Money raised from the fundraiser will help WAIF with general operations and its animal welfare program.

That includes things such as spay/neuter coupons for low-income households, as well as food, toys and medication for the animals.

Register in advance for the fundraiser at waifanimals.org/lets-bowl and you’ll be eligible to nab one of two $50 gift cards from Popsies, a popcorn/ice cream/candy store in Oak Harbor.

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Old school cool in new school Coupeville.

Old school cool in new school Coupeville.

Ebey Bowl and its distinctive look. (Shannon Parnell photo)

Ebey Bowl and its distinctive look. (Shannon Parnell photo)

It may be time to pack away your bowling ball and head to Oak Harbor.

Word surfaced Thursday afternoon that Ebey Bowl’s revival is coming to an end.

The long-time Coupeville bowling alley sat shuttered for nearly a decade before siblings Matt Iverson and Mimi Johnson reopened it to great acclaim a little over four years ago.

There was a momentary pause in mid-2013, but, after some work behind the scenes to allow the owners more time with their families and insurance business, the alley was back at it in October of that year.

Now, it appears time has finally run out on the local landmark.

In a posting on the alley’s Facebook page this afternoon, Iverson and Johnson had the following to say:

Just want to say a quick thank you to those that have supported us over the years. We appreciate the business.

With that being said, this Island is too small to support our little alley anymore.

We are closing our doors by the end of the month. Our last day of business will be the 17th.

For those that have private parties already booked and paid for no worries. We will still honor our commitment to you.

Also, we are still going to be doing PE for the Middle and High School (we wouldn’t miss out on that for anything)!


Mimi & Matt

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Bowling alley back, baby!!

Dust off the sign. They'r eback in business.

Dust off the sign. They’re back in business.

You can practically smell the history from here. (Jodi Crimmins photo)

You can practically smell the history from here. (Jodi Crimmins photo)

Ebey Bowl lives.

The rumors and promises morphed into reality Friday with an official announcement that the business would reopen Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The bowling alley/diner, which sits nestled right around the corner from Coupeville High School, closed last month after a three-year run when owners Mimi Johnson and Matt Iverson decided they would have to focus their time on their insurance business and families.

Prior to the rebirth, Ebey Bowl had sat empty for more than a decade.

Now the brother/sister combo have found a new partner, Traci Turner-Wisdom, who will work the alley, and the sounds of balls crashing into pins will once again echo across the prairie.

Traci brings a wealth of knowledge in the kitchen, in restaurant management, and bowling,” Johnson said in a statement. “We are excited to have her as part of our team.

“The menu is being revamped (don’t worry, our burgers are untouched), we will be starting our fun leagues again and will be offering more party options,” she added. “Great changes are in our future!”

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Get your scorecards back out. (Brian Wilson photo)

Get your scorecards back out. (Brian Wilson photo)

The "ladies" prepare to high-five each other over the news. (Shannon Parnell photo)

The “ladies” prepare to high-five each other over the news. (Shannon Parnell photo)

The doors are reopening.

Weeks after owners Mimi Johnson and Matt Iverson announced they would have to shutter Ebey Bowl — which resurfaced three years ago after sitting empty for more than a decade — so they could concentrate on their insurance business and family life, the brother/sister combo have found a new working partner.

Things are still in flux, but the sports ‘n food establishment would like to be back open in the next two weeks, possibly by Oct. 16, Johnson said.

Word first broke through Ebey Bowl’s Facebook page Thursday night, when the following was posted:

Who is ready for some pizza, bowling, and what we call social media with all your friends and family at Ebey Bowl. Watch for updates on when our doors will be opening yet again! Thanks for all your support!

The posting has already received almost 100 “likes” and been re-shared numerous times.

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ebeyebey2A Coupeville landmark that sat empty for a decade before a surprise revitalization may be going dark again.

Ebey Bowl owners Matt Iverson and Mimi Johnson, the brother/sister combo who resurrected the alley three years ago, announced on Facebook Thursday night that they were closing the business. They also own Iverson Insurance in Oak Harbor.

The statement they released:

Dear Friends,

After much consideration and sleepless nights, Matt and I have decided to close Ebey Bowl.

It’s been a great almost three years (hey, we made Sunset Magazine) and we are so thankful for how wonderful our little community has been.

However, we have realized that we need to focus our attention on our other business and our families.

Our final day will be September 8th – we ask that you please use your gift certificates between now and then.

For those that have scheduled private parties after September 8th, we are honoring them. Your date is still scheduled and we will be contacting you to finalize all details.

We want to thank our amazing staff – you all have been great!

Thanks again Coupeville for all your support!

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