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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
Steve Hill enjoys the ambience of Plein Air painting.

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
Steve Hill enjoys the ambience of Plein Air painting.

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
Sergio Gomez

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
Sergio Gomez
Susan Osborn is performing on Sunday

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
Susan Osborn is performing on Sunday

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
Sharon Abreu and Mike Hurwicz.

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
Sharon Abreu and Mike Hurwicz.
The Midnight Mystery Theatre performers.

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
The Midnight Mystery Theatre performers.
Idgy Vaughn

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
Idgy Vaughn

San Juan Arts Calendar | July 9

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

  • Jul 10th, 2008
Diana Booker.

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
Diana Booker.

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
Hanah Alex-Glasser and James Hardman will exhibit her sculptures and his paintings at the Orcas Center during July.

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
Hanah Alex-Glasser and James Hardman will exhibit her sculptures and his paintings at the Orcas Center during July.
Oliver Aldort

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
Oliver Aldort
C.S. Lewis

KindlingsFest brings inquiring minds to Orcas

Dick Staub, pastor of the Orcas Island Community Church, is inviting islanders as well as “international creatives – those for whom the transcendent or God is of paramount importance” to KindlingsFest 08, a “celebration of art andideas where they intersect with the spiritual.”

  • Jun 24th, 2008
C.S. Lewis

Arts calendar

ORCAS ISLAND

  • Jun 24th, 2008
The main shop and studio at Orcas Island Pottery

New sculpture garden at Orcas Island Pottery

A 63-year-old island business, tucked away in the woods above West Beach, enters a new phase as Orcas Island Pottery brings bronze sculpture to its rambling site. Syd Exton, owner of Orcas Island Pottery, is preparing for the official opening of the new Bronze Sculpture Garden on June 27 from 4 to 7 p.m., as she arranges inventory, weeds the gardens, and installs a pond where one of the new bronze sculptures will be featured this summer.

  • Jun 24th, 2008
The main shop and studio at Orcas Island Pottery

Increase automobile efficiency with tips from AAA

According to AAA, for every pound of pressure your vehicle’s tires are…

  • Jun 24th, 2008
Front row from left to right: Amirah Moss

Waldron School holds annual play, 8th-grade graduation

The Waldron School held its annual end-of-the-year school play and graduation the evening of June 12 at the Waldron School House. Following the processional, “Pomp and Circumstance,” performed by a small ensemble of student musicians, including snare drums and violins, Principal Barbara Klein presented diplomas to graduating eighth-graders, Zach Edwardson and Naomi Boydston.

  • Jun 18th, 2008
Front row from left to right: Amirah Moss
Tbird Luv and Evan Fraser to perform at the Orcas Grange June 28

Orcas resident comes home to release CD

Evan Fraser will release his new CD “Organica” at the Orcas Island Grange at 8 p.m. On Saturday, June 28, Fraser and Tbird Luv will play a fusion of world sounds from 8 to 9:30 p.m. There will be a short slideshow afterwards to raise awareness about Tbird and Evan’s documentary film project “One Cause, Many Voices.” Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

  • Jun 18th, 2008
Tbird Luv and Evan Fraser to perform at the Orcas Grange June 28
Raffle tickets for the 2008 Olga Daze quilt will continue to be on sale outside Island Market every Sunday through July 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Orcas’s ‘Olga Daze’ looking for donations

Summer should be in full swing on Saturday, July 19 in Olga – the day when smiles, good food and live music will welcome islanders and visitors alike to the traditional Olga Daze “Sell-a-bration.” As always, included in the festivities will be a fanciful parade (led by bagpipes) in which everyone is invited to participate, a fire truck for kids to explore, a giant Yard and Barn Sale, local historians on hand, an extensive Silent Auction, the much-anticipated quilt raffle drawing, games for young and old, food concessions to suit all tastes, a BBQ and a bake sale — including the now-famous Olga Daze maple bars.

  • Jun 18th, 2008
Raffle tickets for the 2008 Olga Daze quilt will continue to be on sale outside Island Market every Sunday through July 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Orcas Library’s ‘Reading Bug’ program bites down June 21

The 2008 Summer Reading Program, “Catch the Reading Bug,” begins Saturday, June 21, at the Orcas Island Public Library. The program runs from June 21 to August 2, and is open to children of all ages, from preschool to young adult. Parents of preschoolers are encouraged to enroll their children and read aloud with them as part of the reading program.

  • Jun 18th, 2008
The Summer Solstice parade begins to march from the Odd Fellows Hall into Eastsound.

Summer Solstice parade hits Orcas June 21

The 10th Annual Summer Solstice parade and celebration returns to Eastsound this Saturday, June 21, at noon. The whimsical and always colorful foot parade will wind its way up North Beach Road ending at the Stage on the Green for free, fun, local entertainment.

  • Jun 18th, 2008
The Summer Solstice parade begins to march from the Odd Fellows Hall into Eastsound.
Martin Lund

‘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
Martin Lund
Bill Ross makes garden art in his woodshop.

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
Bill Ross makes garden art in his woodshop.

San Juan A&E Calendar

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

  • Jun 17th, 2008
Seattle Chamber Players come to Orcas Center  Sunday

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
Seattle Chamber Players come to Orcas Center  Sunday
Annette Garver

‘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
Annette Garver

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
Eastsound’s “Hugging Sun” will reappear on Saturday June 21.

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
Eastsound’s “Hugging Sun” will reappear on Saturday June 21.
Addie Newcombe rehearses her role as the Queen of Hearts.

Alice in Wonderland

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

  • Jun 10th, 2008
Addie Newcombe rehearses her role as the Queen of Hearts.