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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.
Duplicate bridge Every Monday at 7 p.m. at the Longhouse in Eastsound. For details call 376-2797 or 376-8278.
Joan Roulac is offering a free, introductory class of T’ai Chi for Orcas seniors.
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!
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.
Here are some of the ways we attempt to guarantee a good outcome through our acts on that portentous first day.
The week of Christmas, Orcas Islanders picked up their last-minute packages in a non-traditional way.
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.
The Orcas Island Camera Club is presenting two showings of members’ images at the Orcas Senior Center’s Lundeen Room during January and February.
Leadership San Juan Islands selected 20 outstanding, diverse individuals from the island community for the 2009 class.
The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival believes strongly in the power of music to change lives, especially for the youngest members of our community.
Every year, a group of Orcas Islanders ring in the new year with style – out on the dance floor.
Everyone is welcome to attend an evening of peaceful reflection, receiving calmness, and tranquility during the New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk.
A group of rock and roll bands will play long into the night during an upcoming concert at Odd Fellows Hall.
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.
The San Juan County Sheriff's office and the SJC Department of Emergency Management offer tips about coping with our cold weather.
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count with the San Juan Islands Audubon Society has been rescheduled to Jan. 3, 2009.
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.
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.
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.
Applications due January 8
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.
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.
The surf smelt certainly deserve a gift this holiday season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
In celebration of sustainable living, come one, come all to the Lopez Community Center for an Inter-Island Sustainable Living Weekend.