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Seats are still available to join Orcas Island Historical Museum members at their Annual Membership Dinner Buffet at Camp Orkila Lodge (Norman Hall), Monday December 8. Doors open for a cash bar at 5 PM. The $25 multi-course prime rib buffet includes salmon and vegetarian entrees, a free Museum Crazy Quilt raffle ticket, and free movie popcorn during the film program. Reservations are required, and museum membership is invited. Call the museum at 376-4849 with your reservation.
The Friends of the Library will host the Holiday Tea and Open House on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Orcas Island Library. This annual event is a celebration and thank-you from the Friends and Library Board to honor the entire community for their support and participation in the life of the library, says Judy Schliebus, Friends Board member, who is overseeing the Holiday Tea.
Although she has performed professionally on hammered dulcimer, flute and guitar internationally for more than two decades, Carolyn Cruso still remembers what it was like to be a newcomer to the performing songwriter genre.
November 21st, there’s no better way to enjoy a crisp fall evening than a sumptuous dinner prepared by chef Sean Paul, followed by a staged reading of Noel Coward’s hilarious drawing room romp, “Fallen Angels.”
In celebration of sustainable living, come one, come all to the Lopez Community Center for an Inter-Island Sustainable Living Weekend.
The Actors Theater of Orcas Island will be offering a four-week (seven session) play writing class on Tuesday and Sunday evenings beginning Dec. 2 at the Grange.
A fund-raiser promising to deliver something quite different will be the seventh annual Orcas Island Education Foundation Food for Thought Benefit Thursday evening at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at Camp Orkila.
Islander’s Bank is having a reception on Friday, Nov. 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. to launch art photographer Michael Gerard Mele’s new show “Islander’s Art Harvest.”
Puppetry is an ancient art form, and Chris Carter and her husband Stephen keep the tradition alive by offering puppet theater, an annual baroque marionette opera, and housing the largest puppet research library in the west.
Fantastic fish art pieces such as the one pictured above, created by Orcas artists, will be auctioned off at the annual Orcas Island Education Foundation (OIEF) Food for Thought Benefit.
A highlight of the annual Senior Center’s Holiday Fair is the Bake Sale, where sweet treats laced with cinnamon, chocolate, lemon, peppermint and countless other savories tempt the tastebuds.
The Master Gardener Foundation of San Juan County is now taking orders for its annual Native Plant Sale. The Foundation has 23 species of mostly native plants, including conifers, deciduous trees, shrubs, ferns and groundcovers. The plants are one to two years old, either bare-root or plugs, are conservation stock and are typically sold in bundles of five plants. They range from 8” to 36” in height and prices range from $3.25 to $13.00 per plug or bundle. Examples of species are: Evergreen Huckleberry, Mock Orange, Red Flowering Currant, Shore Pine, Deer Fern, Kinnickinnik, Salal and much more.
Orcas Island dancers and choreographers mount the Orcas Center stage this weekend as the Community Dance Concert returns.
The Orcas Island Artworks features knitted and woven apparel by Melanie Davis, Maureen Hannan and Merry Bush from November 15 through Dec. 31.
Garden Club 10 a.m. at the Orcas Center. “Remarkable Trees” with Marguerite Greening. For further information, call Ken Walker at 376-0501 or Midge Kraetzer at 376-2373.
Hedrick Smith, Orcas Island resident and Pulitzer Prize-wining journalist, believes that solutions for even the most complex problems come from public involvement. He is currently producing a public television “Frontline” documentary with the working title “Poisoned Waters,” which analyzes the environmental health of premier waterways like Puget Sound and Chesapeake Bay, and asks why it is so difficult to save them.
Pervious pavement, or “green” paving that allows rainwater to be swiftly reprocessed, was put down Oct. 28 at Wild Rose Meadow, OPAL Community Land Trust’s neighborhood under construction off Mt. Baker Road. This is the first project on Orcas known to use the technique.
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.