New classical music series on the OffCenter Stage

Throughout 2009, Orcas Center will present Island Classics, a series of three matinee chamber music performances featuring players from San Juan, Orcas and Lopez Islands. The first of this series will be held on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m.

  • Jan 13th, 2009

What’s happening

Duplicate bridge Every Monday at 7 p.m. at the Longhouse in Eastsound. For details call 376-2797 or 376-8278.

  • Jan 13th, 2009

T’ai Chi class for Orcas seniors

Joan Roulac is offering a free, introductory class of T’ai Chi for Orcas seniors.

  • Jan 7th, 2009

Orcas Island Fire Department looks forward to new year | Column

In 2008, we celebrated our 60th year of service as the Orcas Island Fire Department and 2009 marks the start of our next 60 years!

  • Jan 6th, 2009

Dog park to hold users meeting

The Eastsound Off Leash Dog Area is inviting the public to a meeting to exchange ideas and share information on Monday, Jan. 12, 6 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall meeting room.

  • Jan 6th, 2009

New Year’s superstitions

Here are some of the ways we attempt to guarantee a good outcome through our acts on that portentous first day.

  • Dec 31st, 2008

Delivering packages rain, shine, or snow

The week of Christmas, Orcas Islanders picked up their last-minute packages in a non-traditional way.

  • Dec 30th, 2008

Skagit Valley College open for registration

Registration for Winter Quarter 2009 is underway at Skagit Valley College, San Juan Center, Dec. 29 through Jan. 2, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed New Year’s Day). Credit and Community Education classes begin on Jan. 5. See the college’s full winter schedule for courses and details.

  • Dec 30th, 2008

Orcas Island Camera Club to offer shows

The Orcas Island Camera Club is presenting two showings of members’ images at the Orcas Senior Center’s Lundeen Room during January and February.

  • Dec 30th, 2008

Leadership San Juan Islands Class V begins in January

Leadership San Juan Islands selected 20 outstanding, diverse individuals from the island community for the 2009 class.

  • Dec 30th, 2008

Music for our littlest ones

The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival believes strongly in the power of music to change lives, especially for the youngest members of our community.

Dancing the night away on New Year’s Eve

Every year, a group of Orcas Islanders ring in the new year with style – out on the dance floor.

New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk on Dec. 31

Everyone is welcome to attend an evening of peaceful reflection, receiving calmness, and tranquility during the New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk.

  • Dec 24th, 2008

Rock n’ roll, baby! Rock band showcase at Odd Fellows

A group of rock and roll bands will play long into the night during an upcoming concert at Odd Fellows Hall.

  • Dec 24th, 2008

Tips for coping with the cold | San Juan Sheriff’s office

With wind and cold here, more snow in the forecast, and long term weather models saying it might stay near or below freezing until the end of the year, The San Juan County Department of Emergency Management and the San Juan County Sheriff’s office would like to remind islanders of a few things.

  • Dec 23rd, 2008

Coping with the cold

The San Juan County Sheriff's office and the SJC Department of Emergency Management offer tips about coping with our cold weather.

  • Dec 18th, 2008

Christmas Bird Count 109 years of Audubon tradition: rescheduled to Jan. 3

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count with the San Juan Islands Audubon Society has been rescheduled to Jan. 3, 2009.

  • Dec 18th, 2008

Orcas Community Band hosts concert and dessert party at Orcas Center

The nearly 40 members of the Orcas Island Community Band will strut their holiday spirit in their traditional holiday concert this coming Saturday at the Orcas Center.

  • Dec 16th, 2008

Orcas: Take the 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge!

If you want to start the New Year with a jolt that will bring you wide awake, consider participating in an Orcas Tradition: The Polar Bear Plunge.

  • Dec 16th, 2008

What’s happening

Christmas quilts on display For the fourth year, Betty Hall’s Christmas quilts are on display at Washington Federal Bank for the month of December.

  • Dec 16th, 2008

Photography expert to review locals’ work

Applications due January 8

  • Dec 10th, 2008

Ann Rule’s latest features Orcas resident

A leading role in an Ann Rule book is usually reserved for those who have been murdered – and their killers. In her latest book, the 13th of her true crime anthologies, Rule tells one story of survival.

  • Dec 9th, 2008

Orcatrazz to perform at dinner for OFHC

The mostly swing band, Orcatrazz, will be performing at the dinner buffet fundraiser to benefit Orcas Family Health Center’s well child program, primary care program and X-ray center on Dec. 12 at the Orcas Center.

  • Dec 9th, 2008

Happy holidays for surf smelt!

The surf smelt certainly deserve a gift this holiday season.

  • Dec 9th, 2008

Orcas: Off-Island specialists see X-rays in minutes with new machine

The Orcas Family Health Center has just put into service a new X-ray machine that will transmit X-rays digitally to off -island specialists as fast as sending an e-mail. “Within 30 minutes or less we can have a reading on the X-ray by radiologists affiliated with St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham. This provides a great level of security in knowing a physician trained in reading X-rays will be verifying the results. We can also send the x-rays anywhere in the world,” said Dr. David Shinstrom, the center’s medical director.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

The Orcas Grange is Off Limits!

Fun and mayhem is what the audience can expect as the Actors Theater of Orcas Island presents their third annual Off Limits Improvisational Theater on Saturday, Dec. 6.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

All State Band for Orcas student

Kailley Grantham, a flutist in the Orcas High School Orchestra, has been selected for the 2009 All State Band. Those chosen participate in auditions to determine the best musicians of Washington’s school band, orchestra and choir programs.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

Quilt Show highlights beautiful craftwork

The work of Island quilters will grace the walls of Orcas Center over the holiday season.  The large exhibit, featuring roughly 20 participants, will continue throughout December. It will open Friday, Dec. 5, with a reception in the Madrona Room beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

Free elephant seal lecture series

SeaDoc Society Wildlife veternarian Joe Gaydos will give a free public lecture on elephant seals for the Orcas Island Marine Lecture Series’ Family Night “Elephant Seals: Divers of the Deep”. The evening includes a free dinner at YMCA Camp Orkila’s Larry Norman Lodge and elephant seal- related educational activities for children.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

Fire Marshall urges holiday candle caution

Candles are more popular than ever; as a result candle fires in the United States are on the rise. There are twice as many candle fires in December as any other month of the year. The open flame of a candle can easily ignite any nearby combustible. The number one cause of home fires are caused by unattended, abandoned, or inadequately controlled candles followed by leaving candles too close to combustibles. Almost half of these fires start in the bedroom. Children playing with candles started nine percent of candle fires.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

Bowen and craniosacral therapy clinic offered

Bywater Health Therapies is providing a Free Kids’ Clinic on Tuesday, Dec. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The combined Bowen and Craniosacral Therapy (CST) sessions are for children from newborn through age 17 and last 30-minutes.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

Olmsted ends Orcas practice

After 18 years of providing medical care for the children of San Juan County, Dr. Jeanne Olmsted, pediatrician, has announced that she will no longer maintain a practice on Orcas Island after Dec. 31, 2008.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

New physician joins OFHC

Dr. Xandra Rarden has joined the Orcas Family Health Center as a family physician on a part-time basis according to Medical Director Dr. David Shinstrom.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

Ready for Orcas Idol

This much awaited, must see, sell-out event of the year is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at the Orcas Center. Talented local performers will return for this show which organizers say is a, “light-hearted, feel-good version of the popular television show “American Idol.”

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

New film to be featured at Orcas Museum dinner

Seats are still available to join Orcas Island Historical Museum members at their Annual Membership Dinner Buffet at Camp Orkila Lodge (Norman Hall), Monday December 8. Doors open for a cash bar at 5 PM. The $25 multi-course prime rib buffet includes salmon and vegetarian entrees, a free Museum Crazy Quilt raffle ticket, and free movie popcorn during the film program. Reservations are required, and museum membership is invited. Call the museum at 376-4849 with your reservation. 

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

Holiday happenings Holiday Tea at Library

The Friends of the Library will host the Holiday Tea and Open House on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Orcas Island Library. This annual event is a celebration and thank-you from the Friends and Library Board to honor the entire community for their support and participation in the life of the library, says Judy Schliebus, Friends Board member, who is overseeing the Holiday Tea.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

Orcas Center’s ‘Slightly OffCenter Local Arts Showcase’ to feature up-and-comers

Although she has performed professionally on hammered dulcimer, flute and guitar internationally for more than two decades, Carolyn Cruso still remembers what it was like to be a newcomer to the performing songwriter genre.

  • Nov 20th, 2008

Dinner Theater at Outlook

November 21st, there’s no better way to enjoy a crisp fall evening than a sumptuous dinner prepared by chef Sean Paul, followed by a staged reading of Noel Coward’s hilarious drawing room romp, “Fallen Angels.”

  • Nov 19th, 2008

Turkey Day with a social conscience

In celebration of sustainable living, come one, come all to the Lopez Community Center for an Inter-Island Sustainable Living Weekend.

  • Nov 19th, 2008