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Families rejoice in holiday cheer at tree lighting

The Orcas Chamber of Commerce sponsored the annual tree lighting in the…

  • Dec 7th, 2021

 

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The new bathroom and shower in the Village Green.

San Juan County opens Orcas Island’s first year-round public shower

Eastsound has officially expanded its list of public amenities to include a…

 

Market

Old-Fashioned Christmas Market | Sponsored post

Brickworks is hosting an Old-Fashioned Christmas Market on Dec. 10 and Dec.…

  • Dec 3rd, 2021

 

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Orcas Socrates Cafe.

Senior Center happenings

Submitted by Orcas Senior Center. Orcas Socrates Café @ Orcas Senior Center…

  • Dec 8th, 2021
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Orcas Socrates Cafe.
Photo courtesy of J Summers.

Celebrating farm heroes

Submitted by the San Juan Makers Guild. Fall is a great time…

  • Dec 8th, 2021
Photo courtesy of J Summers.
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OICF Awards Marilyn Anderson Excellence Awards

Submitted by The Orcas Island Community Foundation. Marilyn Anderson, retired military physical…

  • Dec 6th, 2021
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“Orcas Workers Must Be Able to Live Healthy Lives”

An interview with Amanda Sparks, the first executive director of the Orcas Island Food Bank, by Food Bank volunteer and board member Rick Rhoads.

  • Dec 7th, 2021
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Holiday Catalog to support public school music program

Submitted by Orcas Island Music Advocacy Group. Orcas Island Music Advocacy Group…

  • Dec 4th, 2021
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Conservation Land Bank seeks public input on Coffelt Farm study and proposed agricultural policy

Submitted by San Juan County Conservation Land Bank. After more than two…

  • Dec 4th, 2021
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Thank you for Washington State Healthy Youth Survey participation

Submitted by The Coalition for Orcas Youth. The Coalition for Orcas Youth…

  • Dec 3rd, 2021
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Old-Fashioned Christmas Market | Sponsored post

Brickworks is hosting an Old-Fashioned Christmas Market on Dec. 10 and Dec.…

  • Dec 3rd, 2021
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Orcas Film Festival to replay ‘The Rescue’

Many islanders and visitors had the wonderful opportunity to experience the powerful…

  • Dec 2nd, 2021
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The Nutcracker will be playing at Orcas Center on Wednesday, Dec. 22.

December on-screen performances at Orcas Center

Submitted by Orcas Center. Orcas Center brings the world’s best performers to…

  • Dec 2nd, 2021
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The Nutcracker will be playing at Orcas Center on Wednesday, Dec. 22.
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Children’s Christmas Market is back

Children all over the island have been spending their evenings and weekends…

  • Dec 2nd, 2021
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Teacher Jenny Hovelman.

Jenny Hovelman: A long perspective on early childhood education

by Deborah Helsell Board member of Orcas Island Children’s House Of the…

  • Dec 1st, 2021
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Teacher Jenny Hovelman.
Emmy Gran

Creating a seasonal wreath using foraged and dried materials

On Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m., the Orcas Island and Lopez…

  • Nov 30th, 2021
Emmy Gran
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Santa and an Orcas child.

Annual Eastsound Tree Lighting scheduled

Submitted by Lance Evans. The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce invites the…

  • Nov 29th, 2021
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Santa and an Orcas child.
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Student Evan Kulper.

Student offers tech help to raise money for mission trip

Evan Kulper has been helping local people with their technology since he…

  • Nov 29th, 2021
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Student Evan Kulper.
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Are you ready for power outage season? Winter is coming

As we approach the winter storm season, it is a good time…

  • Nov 28th, 2021
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Diego Rivera.

Orcas Christian graduates first aviation student

Diego Rivera, a senior at Orcas Christian School, recently completed his ground…

  • Nov 27th, 2021
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Diego Rivera.
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The Doe Bay community constructed a footbridge on Tuesday night.

Bridging the divide

by Hilary Canty Orcas Island Community Foundation There is something sacred about…

  • Nov 26th, 2021
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The Doe Bay community constructed a footbridge on Tuesday night.
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Giving thanks for island farms

Submitted by the San Juan Makers Guild. This fall the Islands saw…

  • Nov 25th, 2021
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Purchase your $30 wreath at Ray’s Pharmacy, Con’s Pit Stop and Orcas Food Co-op.

Orcas Montessori School launches its holiday wreath sale

The holidays are upon us, and now is a great time to…

  • Nov 24th, 2021
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Purchase your $30 wreath at Ray’s Pharmacy, Con’s Pit Stop and Orcas Food Co-op.
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Hedgehog mushrooms.

James Nowak on mushroom hunting in the San Juans

James Nowak on mushroom hunting in the San Juans

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Hedgehog mushrooms.
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The Santa Tree is up at Island Market

A special part of the year begins when the Santa Tree (formerly…

  • Nov 20th, 2021
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conservation

New funding available to support private landowners in forest health and reduce wildfire danger in San Juan County

Submitted by The San Juan Islands Conservation District. The San Juan Islands…

  • Nov 18th, 2021
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Annual Holiday Tea at the library

Submitted by Friends of the Orcas Island Public Library. The holiday spirit…

  • Nov 17th, 2021
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Frank Loudin

Frank Loudin painting auction to benefit Orcas Center

Island treasure and renowned watercolorist Frank Loudin has generously offered a wide…

  • Nov 17th, 2021
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Frank Loudin
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Burly Hildreth.

Hildreth signs letter of intent to play golf at college

On Nov. 10, National Signing Day, local Orcas Island athlete and Spring…

  • Nov 15th, 2021
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Burly Hildreth.
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Youth For Change: Environmental Leadership Club is looking for participants

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans. Calling all high school students…

  • Nov 15th, 2021
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Bethany Carter has a day of firsts

Submitted by the Airhawks Flying Club. Bethany Carter, an Airhawks Flying Club…

  • Nov 22nd, 2021
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Robert Waunch photo
Contributed photo/JP, Z, Gordon, Melinda and Anita - The Olga Symphony.

Get in the spirit with The Olga Symphony

Shortly after Orcas Center opened in the 1980s, the Center’s Everything But…

  • Nov 13th, 2021
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Become a San Juan County WSU Master Gardener

Submitted by The San Juan County WSU Extension Master Gardener Training Program.…

  • Nov 13th, 2021
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gingerbread house

Second annual gingerbread house contest comes to Orcas

Submitted by the Funhouse Commons. After the enormous success of last year’s…

  • Nov 12th, 2021
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‘Welcome to Medicare’ online presentation

Submitted by Pegi Groundwater. Are you joining Medicare any time in the…

  • Nov 11th, 2021
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Rider Angelica Mayo and volunteer driver Katie Zwilling completed Orcas Door to Door’s 2000th ride to Orcas Island Physical Therapy.

Orcas Door to Door reaches its 2,000th ride

Lahari is proud to announce Orcas Door to Door’s 2,000th ride for…

  • Nov 10th, 2021
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Rider Angelica Mayo and volunteer driver Katie Zwilling completed Orcas Door to Door’s 2000th ride to Orcas Island Physical Therapy.
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A healthy, happy Tina Christian.

When breast cancer is a triple threat

A diagnosis of breast cancer remains one of the most terrifying and…

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A healthy, happy Tina Christian.
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EDC offers free ‘Introduction to Masonry’ class

People seeking new job skills or career inspiration are invited to a…

  • Nov 9th, 2021
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Seeking new farmers and landowners for USDA grant project

Submitted by WSU Extension — San Juan County. Here in the San…

  • Nov 8th, 2021
Jessi Bloom

‘Permaculture and Resiliency’ online talk

The Orcas Island and Lopez Island Garden Clubs present Jessi Bloom’s virtual…

  • Nov 5th, 2021
Jessi Bloom