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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
The AM String Band, a Helena, Montana-based, unconventional string band trio, will be performing across the San Juan Islands May 16 through 20.
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.
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.
An island icon has gotten a makeover, and on Mothers’ Day Eve, May 10, a block party will be held at Doty’s Marketplace.
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.
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.
“Father, don’t be so severe! If I can’t drink my bowl of coffee three times daily, then in my torment I will shrivel up like a piece of roast goat.”
Saturday, April 12 many of the yoga teachers on Orcas Island met at the library to introduce themselves to one another and share their different styles of yoga. The popularity of yoga has grown in the United States in the last 10 years. Many types are now offered for strengthening, rehabilitation after injuries and stress management.
The Artworks Building (The Old Strawberry Barreling Plant) in Olga has a new face. The Olga Strawberry Council, along with volunteers from Orcas’s Eastside Community, have started a restoration of the historic building’s façade. The south face of the building has been restored to new board and battens and is the same as it was when first built in 1939.
Spirit Eagle’s exhibit, “Messages and Impressions from the Higher Realms,” will be shown at Islander’s Bank in Eastsound throughout the month of May. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Friday, May 2, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the bank’s lobby. Refreshments will be served. The public is encouraged to attend.
The Island Inspiration All-Stars will perform twice on Saturday, May 3 at the Orcas Center. The All-Stars, 30 dancers strong, are island kids who are taught by Anthony Manuel. The performances will showcase 14 new dances. Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, and may be purchased at the Box Office, or call 376-2281.
Paul Johnson, of the University of Washington School of Oceanography, will be speaking on sponge reefs on Wednesday, May 7 at the Orcas Senior Center as part of San Juan Nature Institute’s Orcas Island Spring Lecture Series.
The art of Richard Haffey will be featured in the Lundeen Room of the Orcas Senior Center during the month of May.
The Hearts and Hands volunteer caregiver organization and the Orcas Senior Center announce the next speaker in their “Reflections” series to be held May 9 and 10 at the Orcas Senior Center.
Observing intently, taking risks with the possibility of failure, recognizing patterns, making connections, and not playing it safe are all lessons learned in artwork.
Special $5 student tickets offered
Orcas Islanders have been requesting another big musical and here it is! this magical, magnificent event has attracted many an islander as cast, musician, technician, set builder, lighting expert, costumer and hairdresser,all to create a musical extravaganza of the beloved Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast.” Now all that’s needed is an audience, and from opening night on, there will be a stampede to the Box Office to be sure no one misses this production.
Granny’s Attic sale donation drop-offs at the Orcas Senior Center 1 to 3 p.m. Every Wednesday until April 16.
The Artworks will present an exhibit of detailed pen and ink and pencil renditions of Orcas Island artist John Baker throughout the month of April.
Deborah Sparks says the experience of directing the musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” has been “Wonderful, with people giving whatever they can, they’ve made it fun and when the curtain opens, and people see the costumes - oh my gosh!”
“Join the circle of knowledge @ your library!” is the theme of National Library Week April 13-19. The Orcas and Lopez public and school libraries are celebrating all month long with readings storytelling, lectures, movies and more.
Ruthie Newman will be giving a series of eight art history seminars starting April 10 in the Orcas Library meeting room. The course will be entitled, “The Floating World Meets the West: Arts and Crafts of Japan and China, and Their Effects on Western Perceptions of the World.”
Visiting Poet Joseph Green will offer a poetry reading for the community at the Orcas Library on Friday, April 18 at 7:00. This event is supported by the Library and Friends of the Library.
Orcas Island teenager Oliver Aldort was one of the two top medalists at the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival held March 23-29. The week long competitions draws from the Northwestern states and Canada. The 14-year-old won at the senior level competing against students 14 to 19 years of age.
Dolly is the lucky kitty who went home with August and Celia a few weeks ago. Even in the shelter she seemed to know they were going to give her lots of love and attention.
Joyce Greene’s artwork will be shown at Washington Federal Bank during the month of April. Greene started painting nearly 20 years ago. Her appreciation of the southwest is shown in many of her painting subjects.
Peter Fisher, renowned local photographer, activist and long time Island resident opens a new show at the Edna Gallery in Eastsound this season with Mexico: Light Travel on Saturday, April 19. An opening night reception of wine and appetizers will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. and a slide show will be featured at 8 p.m.
The Turn Point Light Station, built in 1893 on Stuart Island, has a new lease on life. Due to the efforts of BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Nick Teague and the small Orcas-based non-profit Turn Point Lighthouse Preservation Society (TPLPS), the Light Keepers program is on the road to success.
“Come out for a fun-filled time and a great cause to support Lopez youth at the annual Lopez Talent Show at the Community Center on Friday, April 18,” said Huck Phillips, coordinator of the event, sponsored each year by Lopez Middle School. The show benefits the spring field trips taken each year by each middle school grade.
Spring cleaning, shake out all the winter blahs, just because you deserve it – all good reasons to take advantage of the Healing Arts Center spring healing faire on April 19 and 20. The practitioners at the center will be donating hundreds of hours of discounted sessions as a fund raiser for maintenance and operation of the historical facility.
If spring is in the air, then the Orcas Island American Legion Auxiliary Unit Scholarship fundraising is in full swing – and they deliver not just the sizzle, but the steak too. Their annual scholarship steak dinner will be held at the American Legion Post, 793 Crescent Beach Drive, on Saturday, April 19, from 5:00 to 8 p.m. The dinner costs $15 per person and includes a choice from the many delicious desserts prepared by the auxiliary.