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SJ Preservation Trust benefits from Plein Air artists’ show

For three weeks in July, plein air (open-air) artists from the San Juan Islands and across the state (representing Plein Air Washington Association) will be painting on San Juan Preservation Trust properties and public lands throughout the islands. The artists and their easels will occupy roadsides and public parks as they capture impressions of the San Juans on canvas.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

Twirl comes to Music in the Park

Hope… Hum… Stomp… Strum… This is the sound of “Twirl” – original music composed by sister-brother duo Grace (most recently staring as Belle in Orcas Center’s production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’) and Clint McCune. This band, with 15 years of touring and performing under their belt, brings an integrity and magic to the stage.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Brown Bag concert to feature cello fest July 30

On July 30, the featured noon concert at Emmanuel Church will be a presentation of classical pieces by a group of local cellists. Members of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, entering its 34th year of performances in Bellingham, are joining Orcas Island cellist, Dale Heisinger, a 25-year member of the orchestra.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Gaydos to speak at Whale Museum

The Friday Harbor Whale Museum’s lecture 2008 series continues with a talk by Dr. Joe Gaydos at the museum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23. Dr. Gaydos will discuss “The Silent Disappearance of Salish Sea Marine Birds.”

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Wet T-shirt contest with a twist at the Lower

Orcas Island is about to have its first Intentional and Tasteful Wet T-shirt Contest. But don’t worry; we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief because this contest will not be exploiting women. In this contest women are in for a treat – all the contestants are men.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Hardman and Glasser art review

James Hardman’s acrylic watercolors now on exhibit at the Orcas Center are very revealing, particularly if one knows what to look for.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Tribal canoe journey passes through the San Juans

Lummi, Nooksack, Samish, Suquamish, Swinomish and Tulalip canoes arrive in the San Juans en route to Duncan, B.C. this week. Traditionally, when canoes entered a Tribe’s or Nation’s territory, paddle tips were pointed upward to signify a peaceful entry, “We Come In Peace!” As part of the 2008 Canoe Journey, canoes will stop at Shaw Island on July 24 and Roche Harbor on July 25.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Arts calendar

FEAST agricultural program will be building a structure based on natural building techniques from July 22 to 24, and July 29 through 31. For more information call 376-5339.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Writing gurus inaugurate the Orcas Island Writers Festival

In recent weeks an apron-clad woman has been seen roaming the Saturday Market with free brownies and cookies. The free food comes with a string attached—literally. To each sweet is tied a brochure for the Orcas Island Writers Festival, due to be held for the first time September 4-7, 2008. The woman handing them out is Barbara Lewis, Festival Director. “Our life is already rich here,” Lewis says, “but we’re trying to make it even sweeter.”

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Terry Johnson reviews James Hardman and Hanna Glasser at Orcas Center

"There are some advanced, intellectual artists on Orcas, and the Orcas Center is exhibiting two of them through July."

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

‘Senior Farm-to-Table’ dinners come to Orcas Senior Center

The Senior Center announces “Senior Farm-to-Table” dinners on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning today, July 16.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Turn Point Lighthouse Restoration Society opens museum

The Turn Point Lighthouse Restoration Society announced the opening of their museum at Turn Point on July 4, 2008. TPLPS, a non profit group, dedicated it to one of Turn Point Light keepers, Louis A. Borchers (1902-1923), who left a legacy of photographs, not only of Turn Point, but of various lighthouses throughout the northwest.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Darvill’s Bookstore on Orcas hosts poets

Poets Holaday Mason and River Malcolm will present a joint reading 7 p.m., Friday, July 25, at Darvill’s Bookstore. Refreshments will be served.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Orcas FEAST students learn about gardens, sheep and rocket stoves

The Farm Education and Sustainability for Teens (FEAST) students are having a most excellent summer. They’ve explored the sustainable agricultural concepts of mushroom cultivation, guerrilla gardening, animal husbandry, beekeeping, and rocket stoves.

  • Jul 15th, 2008

Orcas/Lopez Arts Calendar | July 16

A look at what's going on in the entertainment communities on Orcas and Lopez Island.

  • Jul 15th, 2008

Orcas Library Fair: last call for booth applications

The Orcas Library Fair committee requests that interested exhibitors please submit their applications for booth space. If you do not have an application, they are available at the Orcas Island Library, or by emailing your request to tommaiuro@gmail.com.

  • Jul 15th, 2008

Olga Daze and Sell-a-bration

The Olga Community Center and Olga Park is the hub for activities on July 19 when Olga Daze “Sell-a-bration” 2008 begins at 10 a.m. in Olga Park. Included in the festivities will be a huge barn and yard sale, a silent auction, and the opportunity to buy a raffle ticket for a queen sized quilt made by Betty Marcum.

  • Jul 15th, 2008

What is Relay For Life?

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity. It offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are an overnight event, up to 24 hours in length. Teams of people from all walks of life have fun while raising much-needed funds to fight cancer and raise awareness of cancer prevention and treatment.

  • Jul 15th, 2008

Barnfest Reminder

Save the Barnfest is rapidly approaching. Save the date, Saturday July 26, between 2 and 6 p.m. Donors are asked to bring their contributions to Kathy Stribling no later than July 17. Donations can be brought to the library library if that is more convenient. Stribling says, “Please tell everyone you know about this event, the more the merrier!”

  • Jul 15th, 2008

Carolyn Cruso to perform at Brown Bag July 23

The popular Brown Bag Concerts at Emmanuel Church on Wednesdays at noon continue on July 23 with a presentation by Carolyn Cruso. Known for her versatility as a musician and composer for guitar and hammered dulcimer, she is also a talented vocalist.

  • Jul 15th, 2008

Lighthouse Museum opens

The Turn Point Lighthouse Restoration Society announced the opening of their museum at Turn Point on July 4, 2008. TPLPS, a non profit group, dedicated it to one of Turn Point Light keepers, Louis A. Borchers (1902-1923), who left a legacy of photographs, not only of Turn Point, but of various lighthouses throughout the northwest.

  • Jul 15th, 2008

Orcas Center Summer Gala this Saturday at 5

The mid-summer party is quickly becoming a tradition with great music, food and fun at Orcas Center. This year’s theme is a Brazilian Carnaval – in keeping with the country of origin of the featured artist, Airto Moreira, one of the most high-profile jazz percussionists in the world.

  • Jul 15th, 2008

Plein Air on Orcas features local artists

Crow Valley Pottery has invited some 15 artists to participate in the upcoming ‘Plein Air on Orcas’ show.

  • Jul 15th, 2008

Funhouse classes start

One and two day workshops begin this week at The Funhouse – big FUN and knowledge awaits all ages. Please click the calendar link on thefunhouse.org website for full details.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

Founder of Baja Vision Ministries to share work with Lopez Islanders

Over 40 years ago in Tijuana Mexico, Sergio Gomez’s heart was heavy with concern for the street children of the city – the sons and daughters of drug addicts, prostitutes and those too poor to provide for their own. Gomez began asking the parents of these children for permission to care for their children when they were unable to. Within a short time he founded the City of Refuge Children’s Home, in 1965. This was the beginning of a lifetime of service to the poor of Tijuana and surrounding areas.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

Susan Osborn and Bill Lauf at the Village Green

Singer Susan Osborn will once again take the Stage on the Green Sunday, July 13 at 6 p.m. as part of the free summer Sunday concert series. Susan will be joined by her old friend and musical companion of the last 30 years, Connecticut tenor guitarist and singer songwriter, Bill Lauf.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

Orcas Library seeks art donations for silent auction

Art donations are wanted for the library silent auction, which will benefit the Orcas Library and create exposure for artists. Art donations will also find a new home for your collectibles.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

Celebrate being fully human at KindlingsFest

KindlingsFest is a celebration of art and ideas where they intersect with the spiritual. This four-day event provides morning lectures on various topics exploring the author C.S. Lewis and “The Art of Being Fully Human,” with Dr. Jerry Root, leading C. S. Lewis expert and editor of “The Quotable Lewis.” The Fest also has entertainment each evening at the Bag End Cafe with the irrepressible Nigel Goodwin, British actor and arts advocate.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

Martin Lund to be featured at July 16 Orcas concert

Martin Lund, one of the most popular performers on the Orcas music scene, will be performing at the Brown Bag Concert at Emmanuel Church on July 16 at noon.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

NY City folkie comes to Orcas Grange

The Orcas Grange will host a New York City folksinger-songwriter and friend of Sharon Abreu and Mike Hurwicz to perform songs from the last century of social activism, as well as his own compositions.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

Whodunnit Radio Theatre at Orcas Center

Orcas Center will present the perfect mid-summer theatrical treat, the Midnight Mystery Theatre performing whodunit radio plays on Saturday, July 12.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

Texamericana singer comes to Lopez

Idgy Vaughn writes and plays twisted Texamericana with all the aplomb and raw magic of an unsocialized farmkid. A single mother, Vaughn waitressed at a truckstop in Buda, Texas, until a customer won the lottery and loaned her just enough to record her full length debut, “Origin Story.” After losing her hometown’s talent show to Christian karaoke singers seven years in a row, Idgy finally became a winner herself at the Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters. Since then, she’s been winning over critics, cynics, dj’s, program directors, and fellow songwriters one at a time.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

San Juan Arts Calendar | July 9

A quick look at what's going on in the San Juan Islands arts community.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

Brazilian jazz legend to play on Orcas Island

On Saturday, July 19, Orcas Center will host two performances with legendary Brazilian jazz percussionist Airto Moreira. Joining Airto and band members Harvey Wainapel (saxophone), Gary Brown (bass), and Kit Walker (keyboard), will be vocalist Diana Booker and her husband, Krishna Booker. Opening the show will be Orcas favorites Martin Lund and Gene Nery.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

Overton Berry comes to Lopez

Overton Berry and Friends will appear in a tribute to Art Foxall on Thursday, July 3, at 2 p.m at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

Funhouse begins early music classes

The Funhouse introduced Orcas Island Music Together this spring and now the youngest islanders have something just for them. Music Together® is an internationally recognized early childhood music education program. It was founded on the premise that all children are musical and can develop their musical potential within a supportive learning environment. A Music Together class inspires children and their parent/guardian with song, dance, instrument, and rhythm play. The whole idea is to bring more music into everyday life experience.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

June Showcase of local artists features Orcas favorites

The June 2008 edition of the Slightly OffCenter Local Artist Showcase, curated by Carolyn Cruso, features some of Orcas’ favorites: John Clancy’s Improvissimo, Heather Stansbury and Bryan Benepe, Buckthorn and Rutabaga, and Evan Fraser and Tbird Luv. The showcase will be on Sunday, June 29 on the Orcas Center OffCenter Stage. Tickets are $10 and available at the door of the Off Center Stage, and in advance at the Orcas Center box office.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

Brown bag begins with Orcatrazz

Each Wednesday at noon this summer concert-goers can take their brown lunch bags to Emmanuel Episcopal Church and enjoy a variety of great Orcas musicians.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

July Center Show features works by Hardman & Alex-Glasser

Sculptures by Hannah Alex-Glasser and acrylic/watercolor paintings by James Hardman will be on exhibit in the Orcas Center main gallery throughout July. The show will open with an artists’ reception Friday, June 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Madrona Room.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

Oliver Aldort returns to Orcas Center stage

Orcas Islanders will have the rare opportunity to experience the talents of local musical prodigy Oliver Aldort at Orcas Center on Saturday, June 28 at 7:30 pm.

  • Jun 24th, 2008