Activities at Orcas Senior Center

‘Every Body Dancing’ with Hayley Shannon at Orcas Senior Center

Warm up mentally and physically with a “braindance,” followed by pathways of physical exploration and storytelling through movement for reflection and connection with Hayley Shannon. Find joy and freedom in this creative movement class for adults of all ages and physical abilities.

Shannon studied dance at Michigan State University, dance/movement therapy in Greece with Dr. Dani Fraenkel and somatic expressive arts therapy at Tamalpa Institute. Moving west to perform and choreograph professionally, she was a faculty member at Creative Dance Center, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Path With Art. An Orcas Island resident, Hayley believes dance is for every body. Learn more about Hayley at and participate in Every Body Dancing Mondays from 2pm to 3pm at Orcas Senior Center, beginning May 9. Fees are $15 per session or $70 for five, with a discounted rate for Orcas Senior Center members. Contact Hayley directly at for inquiries.

Spring clean-up

Help us make our spring clean-up at Orcas Senior Center a grand success, like last year! We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers willing to get their hands dirty and have a fun time on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will help us clean up our grounds by weeding, raking, deadheading, trimming, and much more. Bring your gardening tools and work gloves, come by for all or part of the time, and help us make our grounds beautiful again. Please leave your power tools at home. Water and tasty snacks will be provided by the Tea Ladies! Masks may be required to enter the building. For more information, call 360-919-9312 or email All ages are welcome!

Orcas Socrates Café Sunday, May 8

Orcas Senior Center continues to virtually host the Orcas Socrates Café from 4 to 6 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. It’s an opportunity to engage in an open discussion on philosophical perspectives. This is not a book club, but rather a conversation, based on the book, Socrates Café: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy by Christopher Phillips. Each month will offer a new discussion topic, where everyone will be encouraged to exchange philosophical perspectives based on personal experiences. Past topics have included pondering: what is the purpose of wealth and what is enough wealth? And is there a time when common good takes precedence over personal freedom? Register with Steven Ziegler at

Kathy’s Ukulele Kanikapila

Join the Kanikipila, Hawaiian for “play music,” led by Kathy Collister every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm at Orcas Senior Center. Also in May, Carolyn Caruso will provide one-hour lessons for four weeks ($20 each session) from 11 a.m. to noon, with warm up and play before and after. Kathy started a similar group a couple of years ago and she is back! The first half-hour will be a lesson or two and then from 1:30-3 p.m., everyone will have the opportunity to play. All levels of ukulele expertise are welcome, but as per Kathy’s request, please be prepared to show your vaccination card at your first session. Masks and distancing are required at Orcas Senior Center. All are welcome and there is no fee to attend. For inquiries, please contact Kathy at

Qi Gong Offerings with Joan Roulac

Quiet the mind and strengthen the body with Joan Roulac’s Ease Please four-week Qi Gong series. These 15-minute sessions will gently loosen muscles, strengthen immunity, build balance, and increase energy. Series begins Wednesday, May 4 at 9am by Zoom. Fee is $40 for the series.

Also by Joan Roulac, a new Qi Gong series called Pain Relief Qi Gong will begin Tuesday, May 10 at 12:30 p.m. by Zoom. Learn ancient and modern energy healing techniques that relieve arthritis pain and increase joint mobility. No experience or special clothing required. Fee is $75 for four sessions.

For inquiries and registration, please contact Joan Roulac directly at 360-298-2789 or