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Orcas Idol season five begins

The hot ticket on these dark days is at the Grange this…

  • Jan 19th, 2010
Arianna Dean competed last year in Orcas Idol with her dad.

Orcas Idol season five begins Jan. 23

The hot ticket on these dark days is at the Grange on…

  • Jan 15th, 2010
Arianna Dean competed last year in Orcas Idol with her dad.
Dodgeball players in costume at the Halloween games this past October.

Dodgeball with a twist

Dodgeball is back after rave reviews from October's Halloween-themed games.On Saturday, Jan.…

  • Jan 15th, 2010
Dodgeball players in costume at the Halloween games this past October.
RA Scion is part of the hiphop duo Common Market.

Common Market returns to Orcas Center

Returning after their first Orcas appearance in 2009, the popular hiphop duo…

  • Jan 14th, 2010
RA Scion is part of the hiphop duo Common Market.
Seattle poet Drew Dillhunt.

Artsmith begins 2010 with full line-up

The Orcas Island non-profit Artsmith announced its salon series has booked writers…

  • Jan 9th, 2010
Seattle poet Drew Dillhunt.

A call for plays

The Actors Theater of Orcas Island announces the fifth annual festival of…

  • Jan 9th, 2010
Caleb Alexander Longworth

Birth announcement: Caleb Alexander Longworth

Caleb Alexander Longworth was born on Dec. 30, 2009 at 7:27 p.m.…

  • Jan 7th, 2010
Caleb Alexander Longworth

Writers and artists: SHARK REEF deadline is Dec. 31

The deadline for submitting writing and/or visual art to SHARK REEF’s spring…

  • Jan 7th, 2010
The Hippie Nippy Dip.

Orcas takes the plunge

Hundreds of brave Orcas Islanders started the new year off right with…

  • Jan 5th, 2010
The Hippie Nippy Dip.

Calling all Orcas songbirds

Song selection and audition sign-ups for the Jan. 23 Audition Show and…

  • Jan 4th, 2010
Flamenco Rosario

A sneak peak at Orcas Center’s line-up for 2010

By MEREDITH GRIFFITHStaff reporterIn 2010 Orcas Center will be sounding some brassy…

  • Dec 31st, 2009
Flamenco Rosario
Baroque bassoonist Anna Marsh is one of the performers set to play during the upcoming concert.

Baroque musicians to perform on Lopez

The Cascade Early Music Festival presents Louis XIV’s Bassoon, a concert that…

  • Dec 29th, 2009
Baroque bassoonist Anna Marsh is one of the performers set to play during the upcoming concert.
Eager eater Sidney Foster Scholfield.

Christina is a hit, John Steward is next

When a first grader asks for seconds, you know you’ve done something…

  • Dec 23rd, 2009
Eager eater Sidney Foster Scholfield.
The merry carolers.

Christmas carols on horseback

Members of the Orcas Trailblazers visited Eastsound businesses on Dec. 22, bringing…

  • Dec 22nd, 2009
The merry carolers.
Last year’s brave plungers.
Last year’s brave plungers.
Martin Lund

The Spirit of Christmas concert with Martin Lund

As Christmas Eve nears, gather ‘round the hearth while Martin Lund and…

  • Dec 18th, 2009
Martin Lund

Birding class offered at Orcas Library

A six-week course called Introduction to Birding Orcas Island will be offered…

  • Dec 18th, 2009
Front Row: Eve Hance

Lady Vipers win basketball championship

It seems a trend is sweeping Orcas girls athletics: bringing home championship…

  • Dec 17th, 2009
Front Row: Eve Hance

Yuletide baroque concert on Dec. 27

In what has become an annual tradition, Music at Emmanuel will present…

  • Dec 17th, 2009
From left to right

Orcas grad Gage finishes football career at UW

For as long as he can remember, Josh Gage has dreamed of being like his dad, Mike, who played football in college. But it wasn’t until Gage participated in the Orcas Kings football program that he knew he wanted to take that dream as far as he could. While most kids his age were climbing trees and playing video games, Josh began working out daily and preparing for his future.

  • Dec 14th, 2009
From left to right
Willie Thomas at a recent Jam Cats session.

Keeping jazz alive through the next generation

Willie Thomas has a simple goal: to raise the consciousness of jazz…

Willie Thomas at a recent Jam Cats session.

County Christmas tree chipping project

The County Public Works Department and Town of Friday Harbor are sponsoring…

  • Dec 10th, 2009
Christopher Mullan

Holiday weekend slideshow

It was a bustling weekend for Orcas Islanders. Shop the Rock and…

  • Dec 8th, 2009
Christopher Mullan
The Olga Symphony

The Olga Symphony Releases a New CD

The Olga Symphony has recorded a new CD and, for the first time ever, special guests join the band on some of the selections. Appearing in stores on Oct. 24, the CD’s release will be celebrated at Darvill’s Bookstore the same day around 5 p.m. The group will be on hand to sign CDs and sing a few songs.

  • Dec 7th, 2009
The Olga Symphony
King Lear and his three daughters

A Shakespeare festival returns to Lopez along with a feast

It’s been much ado about rehearsals with the Community Shakespeare Company (CSC) of Lopez, as its presents the Fall Festival of plays, featuring a range of young and older actors performing “Much Ado About Nothing” and “King Lear.”

  • Dec 7th, 2009
King Lear and his three daughters
Top: Catherine Pederson and the Orcas Island Choral Society. Chris Thomerson photo.  Below: The members of the Orcas Island Choral Society prepare for the holiday performance. Nina Laramore photos.

Orcas Choral Society ready to perform the ‘Joyous Sounds of Christmas’

Nine months ago, when most people were thinking of Easter and spring gardening, Catherine Pederson was thinking Christmas. Sixteen weeks ago, when thoughts had turned to summer vacation, fishing and sunshine, the Orcas Choral Society was immersed in the songs of the seasons.

  • Dec 7th, 2009
Top: Catherine Pederson and the Orcas Island Choral Society. Chris Thomerson photo.  Below: The members of the Orcas Island Choral Society prepare for the holiday performance. Nina Laramore photos.
DJ Sunny Chiba will present his diverse mix of tracks at the upcoming dance. Contributed photo.

Lopez High School rolls out ‘Phat Friday’ this week

What better time than winter to gather with your friends and dance the night away? The Lopez High School Band, along with the Lopez Secondary School Student Council, are putting on a community dance, open to all ages, called “Phat Friday.”

  • Dec 7th, 2009
DJ Sunny Chiba will present his diverse mix of tracks at the upcoming dance. Contributed photo.

Orcas: Third annual yuletide baroque concert Dec. 28

Emmanuel Episcopal Church is pleased to once again host harpsichordist George Shangrow and flutist Jeffrey Cohan performing a selection of seasonal Baroque music on Sunday, Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. They will be joined this year by special guest soprano Linda Tsatsanis.

  • Dec 7th, 2009
Locket Goodrich

Orcas Idol Season Four auditions coming up soon

Community members who enjoy singing are invited to audition as a solo or in a duet at the Grange on Saturday, Jan. 24 for Orcas Idol Season Four, which is set for Feb. 7 at the Orcas Center.

  • Dec 7th, 2009
Locket Goodrich
Dimitri Stankevich on tuba.

Orcas Horns to offer New Year’s dance party

It's hard to keep those toes from tapping when Orcas Horns starts…

Dimitri Stankevich on tuba.
OPALCO employees on the day of the big move.

Local couple saves historic home destined for demolition

Fiona and Edward Stone were elated when they found the house.“Its historical…

OPALCO employees on the day of the big move.
Kip and Stanley Greenthal will be joined by special guests for a winter solstice celebration.

A Winter Solstice Evening on Lopez

As the longest night of 2009 approaches, Lopez Center will light up…

  • Dec 4th, 2009
Kip and Stanley Greenthal will be joined by special guests for a winter solstice celebration.
The Crachit family in 2006
The Crachit family in 2006
Judi Lindgren has spearheaded the giving tree at Island Market for nine years.

Red tags disappearing at Island Market

The red tags of the Island Market giving tree are disappearing faster…

  • Dec 3rd, 2009
Judi Lindgren has spearheaded the giving tree at Island Market for nine years.
Victoria Shaner with some of the items donated so far.

Orcas realtors collecting donations for food bank

Orcas realtors are doing their part to ensure that community members get…

Victoria Shaner with some of the items donated so far.
contributed photo

Candlelight Spiral Walk

The 19th annual Candlelight Spiral Walk will take place on Sunday, Dec.…

  • Dec 2nd, 2009
contributed photo
Rosie Cayou is seated in the center of the back row.  Bill James stands behind her. The children are saying and giving a hand sign for 'Hy'shque' in Coast   Salish

Samish Elders visit Salmonberry School

Two Samish elders, Rosie Cayou and Bill James spent the day with…

  • Nov 28th, 2009
Rosie Cayou is seated in the center of the back row.  Bill James stands behind her. The children are saying and giving a hand sign for 'Hy'shque' in Coast   Salish