Workshops and more at Orcas Senior Center

  • Wed Jul 17th, 2019 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted by the Orcas Senior Center.

Historical reenactment field trip

Join us for a fun trip to English Camp on San Juan Island. On Friday, July 26, re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada will celebrate peace at the 18th Annual Encampment.

The Encampment commemorates the Pig War, the peaceful joint occupation of San Juan Island by British and American forces from 1859 to 1872. Although the Orcas Senior Center trip is only on Friday, there is much to experience if you choose to stay overnight on your own. You can enjoy the pageantry of period uniforms in scarlet and blue during the three-day event which includes recreations of mid-19th century Royal Marine Light Infantry and U.S. Army camp life, as well as demonstrations of music; blacksmithing; spinning, weaving, and sewing; carpentry; and the making of barrels and casks. Black powder musket demonstrations and howitzer firings are planned each day

Everyone is welcome. We will leave the Orcas Senior Center at 9:45 a.m. and return at 6:45 p.m. Orcas Senior Center members pay $10 per person for transportation; guests pay $20 per person. Seats are limited, so sign up early at the front desk, or call 360-376-2677.

Empower and explore the Storyteller in YOU!

Eth-Noh-Tec invites you to take a class in storytelling. Ever wanted to tell a compelling tale, personal story, legend, myth, or folk tale? Ever wanted to take the stage and capture an audience with your story? Ever wonder how to stand, use your hands, not be nervous, structure a story, and use your voice in more powerful ways?

Come to Eth-Noh-Tec’s storytelling classes with Nancy Wang at the Orcas Senior Center beginning Friday, Aug. 2 from 1-3 p.m. We will meet thereafter on the following Mondays and Fridays for more amazing sessions. There is a 10 participant limit, so please sign up soon at the front desk or by calling 376-2677.

Advanced Directives Workshop

Join us for a hands-on tutorial Wednesday, Aug. 7 from 1-3 p.m. for step-by-step instructions in filling out an Advanced Directive/Living Will. You can visit to review the Advanced Directive form that we use. Copies will be available for all participants at the workshop. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Please sign-up at the front desk or by calling 376-2677.

The workshop is led by registered nurse Libby Garcia, who has spent most of her career in emergency situations, where she has glimpsed the near-to-last moments of many lives. After 16 years in that field, she worked as a hospice nurse. Bearing witness for the process of dying in these diverse settings emboldens her to speak out about planning for end of life.

Garcia now volunteers, assisting people with tough concepts and conversations, translating medical jargon and illuminating what really happens in emergency situations. She brings compassion and practicality to end of life discussions, helping people navigate these tricky waters using their personal values as the compass.

Mammogram Van

Assured Imaging Women’s Wellness will be bringing the latest in digital mammography to Orcas Senior Center on Monday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Although one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, nearly all breast cancer is treated successfully if detected early. Assured Imaging offers a relaxed atmosphere with a friendly, professional, all-female clinical staff.

Although they need a minimum number of appointments to continue this service on Orcas, Assured Imaging has provided mammogram van services on the island for several years. In September 2017 they saw 42 patients over two days, and in September 2018 they saw 49 patients, all over two days.

All major insurance is accepted, and no referral is necessary. Call (888) 233-6121 to schedule your appointment or click on