Three pods of Southern Resident Killer Whales, commonly known as orcas, spend most of the summer months in the waters around the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands, where they forage for Chinook salmon. Until recently, however, little was known about their travels during the rest of the year — from fall through spring — as these whales had been spotted only infrequently during this period.
Standing Rock: Solidarity Fundraiser for Standing Rock is gathering for a dessert potluck 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 on Orcas Island at the Oddfellows Hall, 112 Haven Rd, Eastsound.
The Mobile Community Services Office unit will be coming to Orcas Island Nov. 1 and 2, from 9 to 5 p.m. The 40-foot truck will be parked at the Orcas Island Community Church for two days.
The severe weather shelter will be open in the Community Church basement from 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 – 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16.
Contributions of candy to help with Halloween trick-or-treating at OPAL Bonnie Brae may be dropped off at the OPAL office on the corner of Lover's Lane and Enchanted Forest Road.
Now in its 13th year, Leadership San Juan Islands is looking for a few islanders to participate in a five-month, county-wide leadership seminar. The tuition-based program fosters leadership skills including group facilitation and collaborative problem solving. It runs for 11 sessions, January to May 2017, with eight of those on Fridays and three overnight retreats on Saturdays. The cost is $750 which includes all transportation, lodging, educational sessions, and most of the food. The deadline for applying is Oct. 31, and applications can be found at http://lsji.org/. Some financial aid is available.
Timeline of notable events in the history of women, courtesy of Encyclopedia Britannica online edition.
For more than 20 years, doctors treated Mara Williams' daughter Amanda for the wrong disease. Amanda was bitten by a tick on Orcas Island when she was 15 years old and contracted Lyme disease. For years, she had been misdiagnosed as having multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic fatigue.
A Jack, or in this case Jill, of all trades, Deb Jones masters many of the trades she tackles. With colored Venetian plaster and gold leaf, she creates surreal abstracts and stunning landscapes and she can also help you design or decorate your home.
For Holly Dennis, her business is a labor of love.
When Marlis Sandwith came to work for Teri Williams, they decided to buy a large farm table instead of individual desks.
The following was submitted by the Orcas Island Senior Center.
The following was sent out to those who participated in the phase three campus remodel discussions at the public school.
Update: Due to a series of storms projected to hit the island, the Salish Sea Festival scheduled for this Saturday has been cancelled.
Betty Onsum, longtime "summer resident" of Orcas Island, passed away peacefully on October 2nd at her assisted living residence in Shafter, California. Betty was born in Tacoma in 1920, attended Lincoln High School in Seattle, and received her B.S. from the University of Washington. She was a Husky till the end and even taught staff at her assisted living center the Husky Fight Song!
Island Sinfonia, under the leadership of Jim Shaffer-Bauck has begun rehearsals this fall. Sinfonia, the community orchestra of the San Juan Islands, rehearses at the Orcas school band room from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Concerts begin in the spring with the school benefit concert for the Orcas schools on March 5, 2017 and end with the concert at Orcas Center on May 21. Concerts on Shaw, Lopez and San Juan island will also be scheduled during the spring.
Some of our favorite photos from the Viking Homecoming assembly and parade on Friday, Oct. 7
Following a farm brunch at The Kitchen in Eastsound, visitors can check out more than a dozen unique farms during the Orcas Island Farm Tour on Sunday, Oct. 2. At the end of the day, Orcas Farm will host a soiree, with live local music, DJ Teacher's Pet, a free farmers potluck wood-fired pizza from Inn at Ship Bay by donation and the Lion's Club Beer Garden, sponsored by Island Hoppin' Brewery.
The SeaDoc Society and YMCA Camp Orkila present "Lynda Mapes on the Return of the Elwha" on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall in Eastsound.