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The Writer’s Roundtable scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Library will discuss “ Writing Creative Non-Fiction: Turning Real Life into Art.”
Orcas Center presents one performance only of “Tatyana’s Letter,” lyrical scenes from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” presented by Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program. “This passionate opera is a hothouse tale of love, set to achingly beautiful music,” says the Center’s Executive Director, Barbara Courtney.
In November, the Orcas Garden Club will meet on Nov. 12 instead of the usual third Wednesday of the month. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on November 12 in the Madrona Room of the Orcas Center.
Sail Orcas’ Annual Meeting is being held on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Orcas Senior Center, and is open to the public. Dinner is provided with a donation requested at the door. Don and Joyce Green, local author of “Windy Thoughts,” will be sharing stories of their experiences exploring the world aboard their 35’ sailboat.
The Orcas Island Sportsmen Club will be holding their 57th annual fundraising Turkey Shoot on Saturday, Nov. 15, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the club shooting ranges, located at 1906 Enchanted Forest Road. The club entrance is 1.9 miles west of Lovers Lane and there will be signs at the entrance.
“The Fantasticks” arrived at the Orcas Center last week, and this magical, musical, dancing show has something, no, it has everything, for everyone.
Farming as a way of life has both a history and a future on Orcas Island. Many islanders actively cultivate the earth on this rock, learning from the past and planning for the future, even while working through the seasons on a more-than-rewarding way of life.
The annual exhibit of paintings by students of Terry Johnson will open Friday evening, Oct. 31, at Orcas Center, with a reception for the artists to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Madrona Room. Family and friends are invited.
Orcas Center presents the world’s longest running musical which truly offers something for everybody.
“People can expect good music, great costumes, and dancing!”
On Sunday, Oct. 26, all are invited to grab a burger and a brew at Orcas Center, and then to settle into a performance with the vintage Americana music band, Marley’s Ghost.
a simple, startling and timeless show
One calm evening last week, Forrest Gropp could be seen practicing “fire poi” on the Eastsound waterfront as dusk passed into night. Poi is a form of juggling using balls on the end of ropes or chains which are swung and twirled around the juggler’s head and body.
Longtime Orcas resident George Karnikis has recently published his science fiction story “Project Anastrophe.”
On Saturday, Oct. 18, Orcas Center will present a rich and vivid evening of music with two acclaimed artists: Orcas’ own Carolyn Cruso, and jazz composer and pianist Jessica Williams.
Remember the Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared?” or perhaps the Coast Guard motto, “Semper Paratus?” (always ready).
The fall poetry class, “How A Poem Works and What It Means,” begins Tuesday Oct. 7, and runs through Nov. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Orcas Island Library. The instructor is JoEllen Moldoff and the fee is $10 for Library costs. Register at the library.
Grammy-award winning artists Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel will be performing at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m.
The Actors Theater of Orcas Island is presenting three live radio shows written by Jim French. These popular radio shows consist of three 30 minute plays written by Jim French for his nationally syndicated “Imagination Theater” series.
The afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 5, will put something into the air on Orcas Island that it doesn’t often get: a slew of newly composed notes for chamber music.
The Orcas Island Artworks features quilts by Irene Anda, Maggie Kaplan and Merry Bush from Oct. 1 through Nov. 15.
“East of Eden” fall literature class at the parish hall of Emmanuel Church, to continue Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration at the Library $20.
“Wood – Orcas Island Furniture + Architectural Renderings” is a exhibit of Orcas Island craftspeople and architects to be displayed in the lobby and Madrona Room of the Orcas Center in October. The exhibit will start with a reception on Friday, Oct. 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. when most of the exhibiters will be present to talk about their work and their use of recycled and local woods and other materials.
Composer Alex Shapiro resides on San Juan Island. She will be giving a pre-concert "chat" with the Seattle Chamber Players at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, prior to the Chamber Players' 4 p.m. concert. Shapiro's website is www.alexshapiro.org and her blog, is at www.notesfromthekelp.com
Laura Kohler, a Washington State Ferries (WSF) captain who is working as first mate on this day, pushes the button that sounds a loud bellowing horn as the ferry starts out of the dock at Friday Harbor heading for Sidney. “That’s so everyone knows to get out of the way,” she says. “You wouldn’t believe how many boats and kayaks don’t seem to understand that it would probably be a good idea to get out of the way of a 2000-ton ferry. We often have to divert around them.”
The award-winning Seattle Chamber Players will perform a matinee performance at Orcas Center on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. Preceding the performance at 3 p.m. is an informal talk with members of the ensemble, moderated by composer and music writer Alex Shapiro.
Lindalena Dingman will be teaching her first class at the Senior Center titled “Solutions and Enhancements for Healthy Aging,” beginning Sept. 30 at the Senior Center.
United Way Day of Caring, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meets at Orcas Center to build the first phase of a path between the school and Center, and also to form teams to assist low-income seniors.
Submissions of photos, paintings and memorabilia expressing the theme of “My Favorite Vacations” are being accepted for the October art show at the Orcas Senior Center. Any offerings for this show may be dropped off at the Senior Center, with name and phone number attached, by Tuesday, Sept. 30. Reminiscences and stories that will be incorporated into the captions are also encouraged.
John Sangster, Lopez poet, winner of the Jack Straw award, and author of a recently published book, “Island Year,” will be joined by Orcas poets who have been published recently in Shark Reef – Jan Loudin, George Karnikis, Ingrid Karnikis and JoEllen Moldoff for a poetry reading on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at Darvill’s.
For the past 28 years, Geoff Kaufman has been leading audiences to find truth, humor, and beauty in folk music. Whether singing sailor songs with his quartet, Forebitter; or environmental songs on board the Sloop Clearwater in the Hudson River; or in solo performances at coffeehouses throughout the Northeast United States and festivals in Europe, Geoff has entertained and touched audiences near and far.
In spring 2007 the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival brought pianist Jade Simmons to the island as its first Musician-in-Residence for the In Music (IM) outreach program.
For the first time in more than 66 years, Darvill’s Rare Prints will be based in a state other than Washington. Owners Chris Brussat and Wade Campbell are relocating to the San Juans – the San Juan mountains of southwest Colorado, that is.
Lopez Islander Helen Sanders, with the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band of Seattle, finished third in the grade 4B category at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland.
“Savor the San Juans – A Medley of Food, Art and Culture” will take place during the month of October on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands, thanks to the Cultural Tourism Committee of the SJ Islands Visitors Bureau.
The San Juan Nature Institute will sponsor a third Adult Field Workshop with geologist Michael Yeaman on Sept. 20, in partnership with Washingto State Marine Parks, Outer Island Expeditions, and Shearwater Adventures.