Empathy can provide precious companionship for the stresses, challenges and joys of parenting. Empathy gives children a stable foundation of knowing that they matter and are loved through all the opportunities and challenges they face in life.
On Nov. 6 at 4:51 p.m. Orcas Fire responded to the Olga area to assist with a downed tree and energized power lines on Olga Road.
Lichens are most conspicuous in winter when vascular plants turn brown or lose their leaves: crinkly green rosettes on rocks and tree trucks, stringy greenish hair draped over branches, balls of pale “reindeer moss” resting on darker green carpets of moss.
Julian Glasser, who attended Orcas Island High School, has just completed his bike ride from Orcas to Key West, Fla. The trip was a total of 4,500 miles.
The new art show at Key Bank is by Martin Gerard who moved to Orcas in 1995. Gerard’s art is reverse painted glass (enamel); a piece is pictured at right.
Point Blank members will once again brave the cold in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of driving sober, especially during the holidays.
The nonprofit conservation laboratory Kwiaht has announced a special training program for islanders interested in providing science outreach to visitors and schools at 10 long-term monitoring stations in the San Juan Islands, including parts of the recently established National Monument. Volunteer opportunities for trainees will include Indian Island in East Sound, Cattle Point on San Juan Island and Iceberg Point on Lopez Island.
Lopez Island artist Steven Hill, who participated at the Sixth Annual Zion National Park Plein Air Painting Invitational in early November, was honored with a major purchase and cash award for his painting titled “Soft Glow” done in Zion Canyon.
Come feast on a ham dinner, sing carols and exchange silly gifts in a “white elephant” at the Olga Potluck on Saturday, Dec. 13. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Bring a dish to go with ham, or a dessert, along with your own place setting.
The Orcas Island Lions Club announces the arrival of the annual Christmas Ship on Dec. 14 at the Orcas Ferry Landing.
The SeaDoc Society and YMCA Camp Orkila present its annual “Family Night” on Tuesday, Dec. 9.
The Orcas Viking Basketball season will officially begin on Friday, Dec. 5. The Booster Club is teaming up with Orcas Family Connections to collect toys at the game for this year's Giving Tree. For every donation of a new unwrapped toy at the door admission will be free.
Jim Rohrssen, of Lopez Island, returned from a trip to Asia this spring with a new found love of Myanmar (Burma). The people have been living under the control of a military junta for nearly 20 years. After the cyclone devastated much of the country on May 2-3, I felt compelled to do something, said Rohrssen. On June 11, he will sponsor a dinner and benefit auction for the victims of the cyclone at the Galley Restaurant with seatings at 5:30 and 7 p.m. On June 15 he will hold an afternoon potluck and band concert at the Lopez Center.