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Annette Mazzarella and Suzanne Gropper in “Homecoming” by Ron Herman performed during last year’s Play Fest.

10-Minute Play Fest gives Orcas playwrights a chance to show their work

Now in its fourth year, the 10-Minute Play Fest, produced by the Actors Theater of Orcas Island, is an opportunity for first-time as well as veteran playwrights, directors, and actors to see their work come to life in front of an audience.

Annette Mazzarella and Suzanne Gropper in “Homecoming” by Ron Herman performed during last year’s Play Fest.

Vegetable gardening to be topic of next Orcas Island Garden Club meeting

The Orcas Island Garden Club will hold its next meeting on Jan. 21 in the Madrona Room at the Orcas Center at 10 a.m.

  • Jan 13th, 2009

Sculpture exhibit at Key Bank

Sculptor Justin W. Taylor will be exhibiting his art work at Key Bank during January. An artist’s reception will be held on Jan. 23 from noon to 5 p.m. with Taylor giving a torch demonstration of patina on bronze in front of the bank.

  • Jan 13th, 2009

Annual textile show looking for artists

Orcas Center’s Visual Arts Committee is presenting the Textile Art show in February in the lobby gallery and the Madrona Room.

  • Jan 13th, 2009

Baby Gramps and Eric Apoe to perform

A new music series, Spotlight in the OffCenter, will feature visiting artists in Orcas Center’s intimate black box theatre.

  • Jan 13th, 2009
Marilyn Parman

New classical music series on the OffCenter Stage

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.

  • Jan 13th, 2009
Marilyn Parman

What’s happening

Duplicate bridge Every Monday at 7 p.m. at the Longhouse in Eastsound. For details call 376-2797 or 376-8278.

  • Jan 13th, 2009

T’ai Chi class for Orcas seniors

Joan Roulac is offering a free, introductory class of T’ai Chi for Orcas seniors.

  • Jan 7th, 2009

Orcas Island Fire Department looks forward to new year | Column

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!

  • Jan 6th, 2009
Logan and Radar playing in the park on Opening Day

Dog park to hold users meeting

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.

  • Jan 6th, 2009
Logan and Radar playing in the park on Opening Day

New Year’s superstitions

Here are some of the ways we attempt to guarantee a good outcome through our acts on that portentous first day.

  • Dec 31st, 2008
Delivering packages rain, shine, or snow

Delivering packages rain, shine, or snow

The week of Christmas, Orcas Islanders picked up their last-minute packages in a non-traditional way.

  • Dec 30th, 2008
Delivering packages rain, shine, or snow

Skagit Valley College open for registration

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.

  • Dec 30th, 2008
This photo was taken by Peter Kamin

Orcas Island Camera Club to offer shows

The Orcas Island Camera Club is presenting two showings of members’ images at the Orcas Senior Center’s Lundeen Room during January and February.

  • Dec 30th, 2008
This photo was taken by Peter Kamin

Leadership San Juan Islands Class V begins in January

Leadership San Juan Islands selected 20 outstanding, diverse individuals from the island community for the 2009 class.

  • Dec 30th, 2008
Violinist Monique Mead working with early elementary students this past spring.

Music for our littlest ones

The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival believes strongly in the power of music to change lives, especially for the youngest members of our community.

Violinist Monique Mead working with early elementary students this past spring.
Among the many islanders dancing in the new year will be Sukima Hampton and Rich Horton (above)

Dancing the night away on New Year’s Eve

Every year, a group of Orcas Islanders ring in the new year with style – out on the dance floor.

Among the many islanders dancing in the new year will be Sukima Hampton and Rich Horton (above)
New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk on Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk on Dec. 31

Everyone is welcome to attend an evening of peaceful reflection, receiving calmness, and tranquility during the New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk.

  • Dec 24th, 2008
New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk on Dec. 31

Rock n’ roll, baby! Rock band showcase at Odd Fellows

A group of rock and roll bands will play long into the night during an upcoming concert at Odd Fellows Hall.

  • Dec 24th, 2008
Tips for coping with the cold | San Juan Sheriff's office

Tips for coping with the cold | San Juan Sheriff’s office

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.

  • Dec 23rd, 2008
Tips for coping with the cold | San Juan Sheriff's office

Coping with the cold

The San Juan County Sheriff's office and the SJC Department of Emergency Management offer tips about coping with our cold weather.

  • Dec 18th, 2008
Bird counters from a Christmas Bird Count getting into the fun.

Christmas Bird Count 109 years of Audubon tradition: rescheduled to Jan. 3

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count with the San Juan Islands Audubon Society has been rescheduled to Jan. 3, 2009.

  • Dec 18th, 2008
Bird counters from a Christmas Bird Count getting into the fun.
The Orcas Island Community Band in concert.

Orcas Community Band hosts concert and dessert party at Orcas Center

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.

  • Dec 16th, 2008
The Orcas Island Community Band in concert.
Orcas: Take the 12th  Annual Polar Bear Plunge!

Orcas: Take the 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge!

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.

  • Dec 16th, 2008
Orcas: Take the 12th  Annual Polar Bear Plunge!

What’s happening

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.

  • Dec 16th, 2008

Photography expert to review locals’ work

Applications due January 8

  • Dec 10th, 2008
Kate Jewel and her cat Mittens

Ann Rule’s latest features Orcas resident

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.

  • Dec 9th, 2008
Kate Jewel and her cat Mittens
The inter-island concert series Nov. 28 to Nov. 30 by Lopez Sound and Orcas a Cappella was a smashing success. Above left: Lopez Sound. Top and above: Orcas a Capella.
The inter-island concert series Nov. 28 to Nov. 30 by Lopez Sound and Orcas a Cappella was a smashing success. Above left: Lopez Sound. Top and above: Orcas a Capella.
Orcatrazz performing at Emmanuel Episcopal Church last summer.

Orcatrazz to perform at dinner for OFHC

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.

  • Dec 9th, 2008
Orcatrazz performing at Emmanuel Episcopal Church last summer.
Michael Budnick

Happy holidays for surf smelt!

The surf smelt certainly deserve a gift this holiday season.

  • Dec 9th, 2008
Michael Budnick
Dr. Shinstrom

Orcas: Off-Island specialists see X-rays in minutes with new machine

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.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Dr. Shinstrom
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The Orcas Grange is Off Limits!

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.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
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Kailley Grantham rehearsing with the Island Sinfonia

All State Band for Orcas student

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.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Kailley Grantham rehearsing with the Island Sinfonia
Intricate patterns typify the complexity of the work to be shown through December at Orcas Center’s show

Quilt Show highlights beautiful craftwork

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. 

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Intricate patterns typify the complexity of the work to be shown through December at Orcas Center’s show
Adult male Elephant Seals can be 15 feet long and weigh 5

Free elephant seal lecture series

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.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Adult male Elephant Seals can be 15 feet long and weigh 5

Fire Marshall urges holiday candle caution

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.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

Bowen and craniosacral therapy clinic offered

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.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

Olmsted ends Orcas practice

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.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

New physician joins OFHC

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.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

Ready for Orcas Idol

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.”

  • Dec 2nd, 2008