Christmas trees return to light up the Moran Mansion at Rosario Resort and Spa during the month of December, decorated by nine local non-profit organizations. Sponsored by the resort, the Festival of Trees is designed to be a fundraiser during this holiday season for participating organizations, including returning organizations Friends of Moran State Park, The Funhouse, Orcas Historical Society, Farm to Cafeteria, Orcas Montessori, Orcas Island Community Foundation, Orcas Animal Protection Society, and Wolf Hollow. New organization participating this year are Long Live the Kings (salmon hatchery) and the Junior Sailing Program.
Children's Christmas Market
Festival of Arts
The Visual Arts Committee of The Orcas Center is presenting their December Show, "THREADS!" with an opening reception on Friday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. All artists who work with fabric, (weavers, quilters, painters on fabric) are invited to bring up to three pieces of their work to The Orcas Center on Wednesday, December 2 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For further information, call Joan Fletcher at 360-376-5807
Thurs, Nov. 26
On Sunday, Nov. 29, at 5 p.m., Orcas Island Community Church will launch a new weekly Vespers service designed for the many people in the church and on the island who are seeking a more contemplative worship experience.
All dogs in San Juan County and the Town of Friday Harbor are required to be licensed annually. The Auditor's Office and several other vendors around the county have started selling 2016 tags. This year's tag is a red bone shape.
A highlight of the annual Senior Center's Holiday Festival on Sat. Nov. 28 is the Bake Sale, where sweet treats tempt the taste buds. We're off to a good start with a contributions of cookies, pumpkin bread and biscotti, but we're looking for more!
The Holiday Festival of Arts will be held on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orcas Senior Center. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for photos. Admission is $1 or a donation to the food bank. The festival has 30 artisans so far with space for more people. You can pick up an application for table rental at the senior center.
The following was submitted by the Orcas Family Health Center.
Next week will hold a unique opportunity to play bingo twice in one week! Get your dabbers ready, and come on out to the American Legion for some good family fun.
Join Katie and Regina Zwilling on Sunday, Nov. 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Orcas Food Co-op Commons for a sourdough workshop.
Last week 19 Orcas middle and high school students in Laura Tidwell's marine biology classes and community volunteers joined Friends of the San Juans to replant over 500 native trees and shrubs along the banks of the recently restored West Beach Creek. "Restoration plantings take a huge amount of labor- so we are really appreciative of our local students and community members for the energy and enthusiasm they provided to the project" stated Tina Whitman, FRIENDS Science Director.
Renowned chef Christina Orchid is opening up her kitchen at Red Rabbit Farm for a series of holiday cooking courses.
The following was submitted by the Orcas Island Exchange.
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.