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Seattle Chamber Players: The Joy of Discovery

The afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 5, will put something into the air on Orcas Island that it doesn’t often get: a slew of newly composed notes for chamber music.

  • Sep 30th, 2008
From left to right: Merry Bush

Three quilters at Orcas Artworks

The Orcas Island Artworks features quilts by Irene Anda, Maggie Kaplan and Merry Bush from Oct. 1 through Nov. 15.

  • Sep 30th, 2008
From left to right: Merry Bush

What’s happening

“East of Eden” fall literature class at the parish hall of Emmanuel Church, to continue Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration at the Library $20.

  • Sep 30th, 2008
Wood a show of furniture and architecture thru October

Wood a show of furniture and architecture thru October

“Wood – Orcas Island Furniture + Architectural Renderings” is a exhibit of Orcas Island craftspeople and architects to be displayed in the lobby and Madrona Room of the Orcas Center in October. The exhibit will start with a reception on Friday, Oct. 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. when most of the exhibiters will be present to talk about their work and their use of recycled and local woods and other materials.

  • Sep 30th, 2008
Wood a show of furniture and architecture thru October
Orcas Center volunteers were honored with a dinner served by the center board on Sept. 10.
Orcas Center volunteers were honored with a dinner served by the center board on Sept. 10.

Seattle Chamber Players: The Joy of Discovery By ALEX SHAPIRO

Composer Alex Shapiro resides on San Juan Island. She will be giving a pre-concert "chat" with the Seattle Chamber Players at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, prior to the Chamber Players' 4 p.m. concert. Shapiro's website is www.alexshapiro.org and her blog, is at www.notesfromthekelp.com

  • Sep 30th, 2008
From Orcas tomboy to Ferry Captain

From Orcas tomboy to Ferry Captain

Laura Kohler, a Washington State Ferries (WSF) captain who is working as first mate on this day, pushes the button that sounds a loud bellowing horn as the ferry starts out of the dock at Friday Harbor heading for Sidney. “That’s so everyone knows to get out of the way,” she says. “You wouldn’t believe how many boats and kayaks don’t seem to understand that it would probably be a good idea to get out of the way of a 2000-ton ferry. We often have to divert around them.”

  • Sep 23rd, 2008
From Orcas tomboy to Ferry Captain
The Seattle Chamber Players will perform on October 5 at Orcas Center.

Seattle Chamber Players to perform at Orcas Center

The award-winning Seattle Chamber Players will perform a matinee performance at Orcas Center on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. Preceding the performance at 3 p.m. is an informal talk with members of the ensemble, moderated by composer and music writer Alex Shapiro.

  • Sep 23rd, 2008
The Seattle Chamber Players will perform on October 5 at Orcas Center.

Solutions and enhancements for healthy aging

Lindalena Dingman will be teaching her first class at the Senior Center titled “Solutions and Enhancements for Healthy Aging,” beginning Sept. 30 at the Senior Center.

  • Sep 23rd, 2008

What’s happening

United Way Day of Caring, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meets at Orcas Center to build the first phase of a path between the school and Center, and also to form teams to assist low-income seniors.

  • Sep 23rd, 2008

October art show at Senior Center: vacations

Submissions of photos, paintings and memorabilia expressing the theme of “My Favorite Vacations” are being accepted for the October art show at the Orcas Senior Center. Any offerings for this show may be dropped off at the Senior Center, with name and phone number attached, by Tuesday, Sept. 30. Reminiscences and stories that will be incorporated into the captions are also encouraged.

  • Sep 23rd, 2008

Shark Reef poets join Sangster Oct. 2

John Sangster, Lopez poet, winner of the Jack Straw award, and author of a recently published book, “Island Year,” will be joined by Orcas poets who have been published recently in Shark Reef – Jan Loudin, George Karnikis, Ingrid Karnikis and JoEllen Moldoff for a poetry reading on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at Darvill’s.

  • Sep 23rd, 2008

“Songs of the Sea, Earth and Spirit” Sept. 21 at the Grange

For the past 28 years, Geoff Kaufman has been leading audiences to find truth, humor, and beauty in folk music. Whether singing sailor songs with his quartet, Forebitter; or environmental songs on board the Sloop Clearwater in the Hudson River; or in solo performances at coffeehouses throughout the Northeast United States and festivals in Europe, Geoff has entertained and touched audiences near and far.

  • Sep 17th, 2008
Jade Simmons performs  “My Americana”

Jade Simmons performs “My Americana”

In spring 2007 the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival brought pianist Jade Simmons to the island as its first Musician-in-Residence for the In Music (IM) outreach program.

  • Sep 17th, 2008
Jade Simmons performs  “My Americana”

Rare print business moves to the San Juan…Mountains

For the first time in more than 66 years, Darvill’s Rare Prints will be based in a state other than Washington. Owners Chris Brussat and Wade Campbell are relocating to the San Juans – the San Juan mountains of southwest Colorado, that is.

  • Sep 17th, 2008
Helen Sanders at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow

Lopez Island’s Helen Sanders and pipers place third at World Pipe Band Championships

Lopez Islander Helen Sanders, with the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band of Seattle, finished third in the grade 4B category at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland.

  • Sep 16th, 2008
Helen Sanders at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow

Savor the San Juans

“Savor the San Juans – A Medley of Food, Art and Culture” will take place during the month of October on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands, thanks to the Cultural Tourism Committee of the SJ Islands Visitors Bureau.

  • Sep 16th, 2008

Explore Sucia Island Sept. 20

The San Juan Nature Institute will sponsor a third Adult Field Workshop with geologist Michael Yeaman on Sept. 20, in partnership with Washingto State Marine Parks, Outer Island Expeditions, and Shearwater Adventures.

  • Sep 16th, 2008
Bill Frisell

Celebrated Guitarist Bill Frisell at Orcas Center

The internationally-acclaimed, innovative guitarist Bill Frisell will play one performance only at Orcas Center on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Sep 16th, 2008
Bill Frisell
Reza Aslan

Crossroads continues with God and Globalization

The second season of the lecture series Crossroads: Ideas for a New Century will begin on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2:00 p.m. at Orcas Center with a presentation by author Reza Aslan entitled God and Globalization.

  • Sep 16th, 2008
Reza Aslan
1929 Pierce-Arrow

Orcas to host veteran motor car tour

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Orcas Island will play host to a “Tour of the San Juans” by members of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America. About 30 vintage cars, among them a 1924 Studebaker and 1929 Pierce-Arrow, as well as a variety of other cars from the 1920s through the 1970s will be touring Orcas.

  • Sep 16th, 2008
1929 Pierce-Arrow
Bill and Barbara Urschel.

An evening of love prose

On Sunday, Sept. 28 at the Orcas Island Senior Center, Barbara Urschel will be reading excerpts from her new book “From Grief to Grace: Journaling Through Bill’s Illness” and a special guest will read selected poems from Bill Urschel’s 2002 book “Orcas Smiles” starting at 3 p.m.

  • Sep 16th, 2008
Bill and Barbara Urschel.
Lopez couples' dog, Pancho Villa, places 3rd in national PETCO Unleashed Races

Lopez couples’ dog, Pancho Villa, places 3rd in national PETCO Unleashed Races

Dressed in black sashes and sombreros, “Team Pancho” cheered on their tiny canine competitor during the fourth annual PETCO Unleashed Races in San Diego, Calif.

  • Sep 11th, 2008
Lopez couples' dog, Pancho Villa, places 3rd in national PETCO Unleashed Races

Orcas Island | What’s happening for Sept. 10

PTSA meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the School Library. Includes a presentation by School Superintendent and High School Principal Barbara Kline regarding changes in staffing and programs from last year to this, and an opportunity to discuss the administrative realignment with her and K-8 Principal, Tom Gobeske.

  • Sep 11th, 2008
John Clancy’s young improvisational actors bring  'An Evening of Comedy'

John Clancy’s young improvisational actors bring ‘An Evening of Comedy’

Mild comedy-lovers beware, John Clancy and his troupe of young improvisational actors are about to hit the stage at Orcas Center again.

  • Sep 11th, 2008
John Clancy’s young improvisational actors bring  'An Evening of Comedy'
Jade Simmons

Caroline Buchanan to display technique to Northwest Watercolor Society

Caroline Buchanan of Obstruction Island will be featured at the Sept. 23 meeting of the Northwest Watercolor Society. She will be demonstrating some of the effects one can achieve by playing different kinds of pigments against each other, working wet and layering color. To learn more about Buchanan and her work. see her website is at www.buchananwatercolors.com/

  • Sep 10th, 2008
Jade Simmons
Kim Middleton with “Harpy Eagle”

Biologist Kim Middleton’s art to show at “Birds in Art exhibit”

Local artist, Kim Middleton of Orcas Island, was jury selected to exhibit her work, “Harpy Eagle,” in the prestigious 2008 Birds in Art exhibition at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisc. Sept. 6 through Nov. 9, 2008.

  • Sep 10th, 2008
Kim Middleton with “Harpy Eagle”

Choral Society to begin new season

The Orcas Choral Society, under the direction of Catherine Pederson will begin fall rehearsals in September in preparation for their winter concert, scheduled for Dec. 13 and 14.

  • Sep 9th, 2008

Jim French radio show auditions to be held

The Actors Theater of Orcas Island announces auditions for the “Jim French Radio Show” on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Grange. These popular radio shows consist of three 30-minute plays read in front of an audience.

  • Sep 9th, 2008
A Buddha made from wire and cellophane. One of the more than 1000 lanterns at 2008 Luminara Victoria.

Make a lantern and shine the light

In keeping with its mission to host off-island artists with expertise in less common areas of the arts, the Olga Strawberry Council has invited Jeani Reynolds of Victoria BC to present a two-day lantern making workshop on Sept. 20 and 21. Participants will learn how to construct lanterns out of bamboo and wire, then cover and bedeck them with whatever their imaginations conjure up.

  • Sep 9th, 2008
A Buddha made from wire and cellophane. One of the more than 1000 lanterns at 2008 Luminara Victoria.
Jade Simmons

Jade Simmons returns to Orcas

Pianist Jade Simmons, Spring ’07 Musician-in-Residence will return to Orcas in concert on Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Contact Victoria Parker for tickets. $20 or by donation; students free. 376-6636 .

  • Sep 9th, 2008
Jade Simmons

Garden Club starts Sept. 17

The Orcas Island Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the new season on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Orcas Center at 10 a.m. The speaker will be John Christianson, owner of Christianson’s Nursery in Mt. Vernon, who will provide an opportunity to purchase plants after his presentation. Everyone is welcome to attend. A single membership is $20 for the year and $25 for couples. Dues help to defray the expense of guest speakers and the rent for meeting at the Orcas Center. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Garden Club on Orcas Island. At the Dec. 12 meeting, those who were members at the first meeting in 1958 will be recongnized. The goal of garden club meetings is to help those who lives on Orcas to enjoy their gardening to the fullest. Speakers direct their lessons toward issues of gardening and bringing greater beauty to the environment. Gardening challenges and other questions may be directed to Ken Walker at 376-0501 or Midge Kraetzer at 376-2373.

  • Sep 9th, 2008
Dustin Fox.

Orcas Island Writers Festival to feature published San Juan authors

Although the first Orcas Island Writers Festival, Sept. 4 - 7, has attracted a diverse group of authors from all over Washington State and as far away as Alaska and Vermont, it has also been fortunate to have a number of renowned and published San Juan Islands’ authors participating.

  • Sep 2nd, 2008
Dustin Fox.

Explore Sucia with the Nature Institute

The San Juan Nature Institute will sponsor a second Adult Field Workshop with geologist Michael Yeaman on Sept. 7, in partnership with Washingto State Marine Parks, Outer Island Expeditions, and Shearwater Adventures.

  • Sep 2nd, 2008
Dottie Trogdon

Orcas resident publishes second edition of poetry

Although she has written poetry to the acclaim of her friends for years, Dorothy (Dottie) Trogdon was not sure if her poetry was good enough to be published in the wider world. To find out, two years ago she submitted her poem “Roses” to a Chicago publication for writers who are more than 50 years old, “Passager.”

  • Sep 2nd, 2008
Dottie Trogdon

What’s happening

Wooden Boat Rendezvous, Captains’ meeting on the dock at the Deer Harbor Marina, followed by an open-class sailboat race. Awards ceremony and a potluck dinner on the Deer Harbor dock.

  • Sep 2nd, 2008

Mother – Daughter show

“Orcas and Afar: Photographs and Poetry by Anita Leigh Holladay with Elli Blaine” is a mother and daughter show of photographs on exhibit at the Orcas Senior Center from Sept. 2 to 25. According to the artists, the photographs show the evidence of the human hand on the environment in obvious and subtle ways, from staircases to oyster beds to greenhouse flowers. There will be an artists’ reception and a poetry reading on Friday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. The poetry reading will start at approximately 5:30 p.m. and last for half-an-hour.

  • Sep 2nd, 2008
Josie Barrow with her artwork.

Artworks features paintings by Josie Barrow

The Orcas Island Artworks features “Flowers with a View,” a series of pastel paintings by Josie Barrow, through the month of September.

  • Sep 2nd, 2008
Josie Barrow with her artwork.

Auditions for The Fantasticks

All are invited to audition for “The Fantasticks” on Sunday, Sept. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. or Monday, Sept. 8, from 6-8 p.m. in the OffCenter of the Orcas Center.

  • Sep 2nd, 2008
Anna Polonsky

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival to feature new artists

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann has planned a provocative season, centered around performances by musicians new to the Festival. Friedmann started program scheduling with harpist Heidi Lehwahlder accepting an invitation to perform, and the program grew from there. Festival “regulars” such as on Jon Kimura Parker on piano, Andrés Cárdenes and Monique Mead on violin, Karla Flygare on flute, David Harding on viola, Frank Kowalsky on clarinet, Page Smith and Anne Martindale Williams on cello will perform again, and new festival performers, Anna Polonsky, who will play piano, Chee-Yun, who will play violin, Page Smith, who will play cello, Karla Flygare, who plays flute, and the Miro String Quartet will join Lehwahlder at this year’s festival.

  • Aug 19th, 2008
Anna Polonsky