International Student Exchange is looking for homes for one or more exchange students to attend Orcas Island High School this fall.
Orcas Center will feature the work of three local artists — BJ Arnold, JoEllen Moldoff and Michelle Reed from Friday, Sept. 2 until Tuesday, Oct. 4 in the lobby of the Center. In addition to this show, On-And-Off The Wall by artists in the community will be exhibited in the Madrona Room. Everyone is invited to the opening reception on Sept. 2 from 5:30–7 p.m. to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments and conversation.
Author and biologist Thor Hanson (thorhanson.net) will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Gardening Workshop presented by the San Juan County Master Gardeners on October 1, 2016. As the first speaker at this day-long event, Thor will talk to us about seeds, based on his recent book, The Triumph of Seeds. Have you ever wondered how the chili got its spice, what puts the buzz in coffee or how seeds have influenced everything from the voyages of Christopher Columbus to the Industrial Revolution to the shape of the human race? Thor will talk about all this and more.
Summer's here, with barbecues, the farmers' market, kids leaping into Cascade Lake.
The following was written by Yonatan Aldort for the Funhouse Commons Gala in July.
Quin David Wilson was born June 16, 2016 weighing 6lbs 9oz and 19.2 inches long in Anacortes to Kyle and Melanie Wilson. He joins his big sister Kyra and big brother Liam. His grandparents are Gene and Kelle Wilson of Friday Harbor and Dave and Kathy Johnson of Erie, Colorado.
The Pederson girls are featured artists at the Gallery in Eastsound through August.
The Town of Friday Harbor is accepting proposals for a park bench sculpture project sponsored by the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). The artwork is to be located at, on, or in association with an existing park bench at one of three locations on Spring Street. The selected artwork will be available for sale while on display. Proposals will be accepted until September 30, 2016.
You are invited to attend an informative session on living with diabetes, presented by medical student Troy Fowler. The presentation is part of Fowler's rural health and community project for his medical program at the University of Washington and will be held Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Orcas Island Senior Center.
Local instructors are again offering their community dance class on Monday, Aug. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall. They will offer another session of waltz to review previous steps and add new ones. Instruction will begin promptly at 7 p.m. followed by dancing at 8 p.m. The classes are free and no partner in needed.
To ensure students get a healthy start to their school year, PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center is offering no-cost immunizations, well-child checks and sports physicals on an appointment basis to children ages 5 to 18 on Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Thursday, Aug. 11, at the medical center, 1117 Spring St. Call 360-378- 2141 to schedule an appointment.
By Jimmy Roller
The Shaw Island Library and Historical Society will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding with several events on Saturday, July 16. The organization is among the last entirely community-financed and operated library/historical societies in the state.
American Legion Post #93, Auxiliary Unit #93, and Sons of the American Legion Squadron #93 will hold a membership drive (4 – 10 pm) and a Pig Roast (fundraiser 5 – 8 pm) on Sunday, July 3 at the Post home, 793 Crescent Beach Drive.
Katog Yeshe Ling on Orcas Island is sponsoring teachings with Khentrul Lodro T'haye Rinpoche, who will present a lecture and weekend teachings.
Vacation Bible School will be held at Orcas Island Community Church this year from Monday, July 11 through Thursday, July 14.
"We ain't afraid of no ghosts!" You might be after you attend the Spooky Tales Ghost Stories presented by the Orcas Island Historical Society this summer. Master storyteller, Antoinette Botsford, will weave her scary tales of Orcas ghosts at both the Pioneer Museum in the heart of Eastsound and the Crow Valley School Museum on Crow Valley road this summer! You will hear hair-raising stories such as "Hatchet Annie and the Boo Hag of Four Winds", "Octavia's Secret Love", and "The Handless Smuggler of Outlook Inn," just to mention a few.
Islanders enjoyed a stream of dolled-up pets and kids in Kaleidoscope Preschool and Child Care Center's 26th annual Pet Parade today.
From the Olga Strawberry Council
Join Orcas Island School District for a retirement reception for Greg Books, Jan Reid and Susan Stolmeier on Weds., June 15 in the school cafeteria from 3:05 to 5 p.m. Bring photos, memories and cards to share.