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‘One World’ Music Festival comes to Orcas June 20

The One World Music Festival heralds the beginning of summer with music of all kinds from all places. “One World is an island tradition, and is always a sold out hit,” says Pete Moe, Director of the Funhouse, beneficiary of the proceeds from One World, which is now in its sixth year.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Crow Valley Pottery’s Garden Art Show brings family back to Orcas

The Annual Garden Art Show at Crow Valley Pottery returns for its 11th year as a father and son duo come back to Orcas.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

San Juan A&E Calendar

A listing of arts and entertainment events happening around the San Juan Islands.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Bill Frisell and Seattle Chamber Players added to Orcas Center 2008 Season

Orcas Center is pleased to announce the addition of two special music presentations to the fall 2008 schedule of events. On Saturday, Sept. 27, Grammy-award-winning guitarist Bill Frisell will perform, and the Seattle Chamber Players will perform on Sunday, Oct. 5.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

‘Early Birds’ bring a flurry of ticket sales to Orcas Island music festival

The second decade of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival (OICMF) will begin June 18 with an always-early morning general public ticket “rush.”

  • Jun 11th, 2008

Episcopal Church’s Labyrinth Walk opens to Orcas community June 11

Emmanuel Episcopal Church will open its Labyrinth Walk to all beginning Wednesday, June 11.

  • Jun 11th, 2008

Martin Lund’s One World Music Festival is back!

You know that summer has begun when school is out, and local musical guru Martin Lund gears up for his “One World Music Festival,” which happens Friday and Saturday night, June 20 and 21, at the Orcas Center.

  • Jun 11th, 2008

June registration for first Orcas Writers Festival

June is registration month for the Orcas Island Writers Festival, which will take place September 4 – 7, 2008. The workshops have limited space for participants (12 people per workshop for a total of 48 spaces), so potential participants are encouraged to sign up before the workshops fill up. Those who register for the $325 Festival Package by June 28 will receive a discount voucher to be used to purchase a visiting author’s book.

  • Jun 10th, 2008

June registration for first Orcas Writers Festival

June is registration month for the Orcas Island Writers Festival, which will take place September 4 – 7, 2008. The workshops have limited space for participants (12 people per workshop for a total of 48 spaces), so potential participants are encouraged to sign up before the workshops fill up. Those who register for the $325 Festival Package by June 28 will receive a discount voucher to be used to purchase a visiting author’s book.

  • Jun 10th, 2008

Solstice Celebration coming

The 10th annual Summer Solstice Celebration begins Saturday, June 21, with the whimsical and colorful Solstice foot parade from the Odd Fellows Hall to Eastsound’s Village Green. The parade begins at noon.

  • Jun 10th, 2008

Alice in Wonderland

Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland” will be performed Wednesday June 11, at the Orcas Center.

  • Jun 10th, 2008

Arts calendar

ORCAS ISLAND

  • Jun 10th, 2008

Teenagers ready to learn and help F.E.A.S.T.

One of the passionate motivations for the Farm Education and Sustainability for Teens (FEAST) coordinators – Rusty Diggs, husband Christopher Evans, and Whitney Hartzell – is that, as Evans said, “Teenagers are a population that’s counted out right from the start. People have told us, ‘It sounds great, but you’ll never get teens interested in participating – especially not in the summertime.’

  • Jun 6th, 2008

Senior Center going strong

Six years after moving into its location on Henry Road near “Church Corner,” the Orcas Island Senior Center is going stronger than ever. Not only do Foot Care and Senior Lunch continue to be popular and well attended, additional activities have been steadily added to the program.

  • Jun 5th, 2008

Orcas Island’s Enzo’s hosts Sunday open mic night

Sunday Night Live, open-Mic Music and Spoken Word at Enzo’s in Eastsound is now occurring on the second and fourth Sunday of each month.

  • Jun 5th, 2008

Seattle artist to offer drawing workshop as island senior center

A fun and informative workshop on the fundamentals and nuances of drawing portraits with Seattle artist and Gage Academy instructor Geoff Flack will be held on June 23-24 at the Senior Center. Participants will be drawing from live models and using soft pencils and charcoals.

  • Jun 5th, 2008

Paintings, holograms on display at Orcas Island bank in June

Orcas artists Kari Van Gelder and holographer Jeffrey Murray will display paintings and holograms during the month of June in the lobby of Islanders Bank in Eastsound.

  • Jun 5th, 2008

“Cirque d’Orcas” Theatre Camp June 23- July 5

Orcas Center offers Theatre Camp for children from five years old through teenage. Theatre Camp will meet daily from Monday, June 23 through Saturday, July 5. The 2008 Theatre Camp theme is “Cirque d’Orcas” and will feature teaching artists from the thrilling Dream Science Circus. Exciting circus skills will be taught, as well as perseverance, team work, and self-confidence. “Instructors have a wild imagination and a passion for movement, theater and self expression,” said Orcas Rec Director Didier Gincig. All participants will be eligible to join a procession in the Historical Day Parade as well as a Center Stage performance on July 5. Cirque d’Orcas is offered to teens and children through a partnership between Orcas Center and Orcas Island Recreation Program. Tuition is $150, and registration is through Orcas Center (376-ACT1) or Orcas Island Recreation Program (376-5339).

  • Jun 4th, 2008

Orcas Island research project invites third through seventh-grade students to help

The San Juan Nature Institute and Salmonberry School are teaming up to continue a research project on Indian Island this summer. This program is partially funded with a grant from the Orcas Island Community Foundation, and is being made available to all Orcas students in grades 3-7. The program will include onsite investigations; field trips to do comparative study of different island tide pools; and classroom time to compile, graph and discuss the results of the investigative work.

  • Jun 3rd, 2008

Orcas Elementary fifth-graders study Cascade Creek

Recently, Orcas Island Elementary School’s fifth-grade class worked with the San Juan Nature Institute, represented by Fiona Norris, in collaboration with the Center for Historical Ecology of the Salish Sea (KWIAHT) in a study of the Cascade Creek Watershed as it enters Buck Bay.

  • Jun 3rd, 2008

Kids’ art and music at the Senior Center

All children are invited to bring their artwork to the Orcas Senior Center Tuesday, June 3 between the hours of 1:30 to 4 p.m. The show will be available to the public during Senior Center hours. The take-down date for the show is July 1.

  • May 28th, 2008

Funny little award

  • May 27th, 2008

Orcas Island Artworks features Slapin

Susan Slapin’s works will be featured at the Hotwall at Orcas Artworks during the month of June.

  • May 27th, 2008

Ian McFeron Band live at Lopez Island Grange Hall

The Ian McFeron Band from Seattle will entertain at the Lopez Grange Hall on Friday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m.

  • May 27th, 2008

Orcas Community Band – a class act

The Orcas Community Band, made up of 40 musicians ranging in ages from 15 to 88 “isn’t just a bunch of funky-sounding, old white-haired people, but an exhilarating, fun-filled and very musically competent ensemble,” says Band secretary Karen Speck. “We play light pop music that is enjoyable to listen to.”

  • May 27th, 2008

Events calendar

ORCAS ISLAND

  • May 20th, 2008

“Art Bus” makes inaugural trip

Orcas Open Arts’ Student Art Forum sponsored its first “Art Bus” on Saturday, May 10. Fifteen students and chaperones boarded the bus for Seattle on Saturday morning to spend the day seeing “Roman Art of the Louvre” at the Seattle Art Museum and visiting the Catherine Person Gallery for a show of ceramic sculpture by Orcas artist Hannah Alex Glasser. Orcas Open Arts plans to develop the “Art Bus” program to include several art-related field trips for Orcas High School Students during the 2008-09 school year.

  • May 14th, 2008

Calling Kids’ Fest volunteers

Volunteers who would like to work as a lighting operator or stage manager during Orcas Center’s third annual Kids’ Fest can get themselves or kids in free for performances on Memorial Day weekend.

  • May 14th, 2008

KIDS’ FEST offers fun for children and families KIDS’ FEST offers fun for children and families

Orcas Center hosts the Third Annual Memorial Day Kids’ Fest, a series of five rousing performances that have been selected especially for Orcas children and family audiences. Adventurous adults will also enjoy these events, which include a dance concert, puppet theatre, talent show, magic and rock music. No ticket is more than $8.

  • May 14th, 2008

The Secret Lives of Happy People The Secret Lives of Happy People

A free public talk with Buddhist Monk Kelsang Norbu, “The Secret Lives of Happy People,” will take place Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Orcas Island Public Library.

  • May 12th, 2008

Garden Club samples soil Garden Club samples soil

The May meeting of the Orcas Island Garden Club will be held Wednesday, May 21, at 10 a.m. at the Orcas Center in Eastsound. Guest speaker will be Dr. Craig Cogger, Ph.D., a research soil scientist at Washington State University in Puyallup. Cogger encourages attendees to bring a soil sample from their garden sites – two handfuls – for texture analysis.

  • May 12th, 2008

Fleischer art at Wa Fed Fleischer art at Wa Fed

Fleischer Art Photography will be exhibiting at Washington Federal Savings Bank for the month of May. John and Susan Fleischer, who are primarily wedding and portrait photographers, will exhibit various pieces from weddings as well as a few of astrophotography images and their barn.

  • May 12th, 2008

Celebrate a healthy community with Swil Kanim Celebrate a healthy community with Swil Kanim

Orcas Island Prevention Partnership (OIPP) invites the Orcas Island community to a magical evening with Swil Kanim, violinist and story teller extraordinaire. Swil will perform at the Partnership’s Annual Membership meeting Monday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Orcas Senor Center. OIPP Director Moriah Armstrong said, “Through his music and stories Swil Kanim speaks from the heart about honoring self and community. He encourages all to connect to their own sense of honor and integrity, especially when it comes to caring well for self and others. Orcas has been extremely fortunate to have Swil perform at the Orcas Island Schools last fall and most recently at the Odd Fellows, so if you missed him or want to hear more, here is your chance!”

  • May 12th, 2008

AM String Band travels the islands AM String Band travels the islands

The AM String Band, a Helena, Montana-based, unconventional string band trio, will be performing across the San Juan Islands May 16 through 20.

  • May 12th, 2008

Field trips, lectures during salmon event Field trips, lectures during salmon event

Salmon in the San Juan Islands? In San Juan County, as in almost every corner of Washington State, citizens are guiding salmon recovery though one of the local groups called Lead Entities. Local governments and citizens work through Lead Entities to plan salmon recovery efforts and guide high priority habitat restoration projects. They develop strategies, rank projects and apply for grants together.

  • May 12th, 2008

Lopez students write and perform musical Lopez students write and perform musical

Given the setting of Ireland by English/drama teacher Richard Carter and a few traditional Irish tunes by music teacher Ann-Marie Fischer, the Lopez middle and high school drama class was charged with writing, directing and staging a musical production from scratch.

  • May 12th, 2008

Doty’s Marketplace to host Mother’s Day Eve Block Party

An island icon has gotten a makeover, and on Mothers’ Day Eve, May 10, a block party will be held at Doty’s Marketplace.

  • May 7th, 2008

Ama Tara Healing and Meditation Center

Ama means mother in colloquial Indian language. Tara is a Hindu goddess, the Mother Creator, who represents the eternal life force that fuels all life. Ama Tara Healing and Meditation Center is devoted to helping island residents improve the quality of their lives.

  • May 6th, 2008

Laughing Tiger Acupuncture

Helen Sanders has practiced martial arts since she was a 20-year-old student at Florida State University, attaining a black belt in Cuong Nhu at age 28. She holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing/English. To expand her knowledge about the martial arts, she turned her interest toward Traditional Chinese Medicine.

  • May 6th, 2008