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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.
Fulfilling, healthy meals are the “special sauce” to be added to the next Home on the Grange concert when the Chris Bramble Band plays a community dance at the Lopez Island Grange Hall on April 26 at 7:30 p.m.
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Lopez Island Friends of the Library will have guest poet Molly Swan-Sheeran reading her work on April 17. A resident of Lopez, Molly has been writing poetry for 43 years and reading her poems in public venues for 30 years. Her online chapbook can be seen at www.celticswan.com/poems.htm which includes some spoken word recordings.
Cara and Phil Cohn, co-owners of erb’s Vegetarian Restaurant, will celebrate Passover with a Seder and full course vegetarian meal for 30 guests.
Orcas Island artist Hannah Alex-Glasser is feautured in a solo show, “Strata,” which opened on Thursday, April 3, at the Catherine Person Gallery, one of the East Edge contemporary art galleries in Seattle. The exhibition includes her hand-formed and kiln- and pit-fired ceramic sculpture as well as a central installation, “Shorelife/Ebbtide.”
"Language" contains fast-paced lyrics to instrumental classics.
Anthony Manuel’s Island Inspiration All Stars are back in full force at Orcas Center on Saturday, May 3, performing 14 new dances.
Art Thiel, author and sports writer for the Seattle Post Intelligencer, will speak on “all things Seattle Sports – Sonics, Mariners, Seahawks, Huskies – and the upcoming Beijing Olympics, when he come to the Orcas Library on Friday, April 25.
Joshua and Lauren (Mr. & Mrs. Josh Gage) were married on January 19, 2008 at the Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa, California in a beautiful outside courtyard ceremony officiated by Barry Martinez and Scott Harris. They were honored it was attended by many family and friends, especially by all those who traveled from Orcas. Josh and Lauren will make their home in Seattle, Washington near the UW were Josh attends college. They will take their honeymoon this June on a Caribbean Cruise leaving out of Florida. They are so blessed and happy to be together.
Orcas Center will present the second of the 2008 Slightly OffCenter Local Artist Showcase on Sunday, April 27. In celebration of National Poetry Month, the showcase is curated by JoEllen Moldoff and will feature 15 Orcas poets.
See the stars of tomorrow, today, when the Orcas Center and Orcas Island Recreation program team up to present “Whale of a Show as part of the third annual Kidsfest on May 22.
The Actors Theater of Orcas Island announces the third annual festival of short plays written by local playwrights. This year, the festival has a great range of plays by both first-time writers and writers from the first two festivals. As usual, the presenters will be a collection of the best actors on Orcas as well as several novice actors. The 2008 Playfest also features six directors, and is another showcase of experienced and new talents.
As an old Chinese proverb says, “If we don’t change our direction, we are likely to wind up where we are headed.” The Lopez Island based Citizens Stop Climate Change is sponsoring a conference on Friday, April 25 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at the Lopez Community Center to examine the environmental impacts, changes in sea level projections and citizen solutions for climate change.
Curious about the origins and context of a piece of music or how to follow the developing theme central to a composer’s work? Music Lovers’ Seminars (MLS) focus on the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s (OICMF) concert programming and intriguing topics close to the hearts and minds of musicians and music lovers. First initiated during the ’07 Festival Season, MLS are also planned to be offered during the spring and fall. An enthusiastic participant during the ’07 Season described her experience after attending a seminar: “One would think you could not make the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival more intimate and approachable than it is and always has been, but no! The Music lovers’ Seminars add a dimension and opportunity for appreciation for all levels of musical sophistication.”
Dressed in a wide array of period costumes including poodle skirts, bobby socks and tie-dye t-shirts and carrying purple hula hoops, members of the Orcas Island Yacht Club and their guests, including members of the Orcas Island Dance Club and Members of the Orcas Island Community Band held their 2008 Rock and Roll Dance on Friday, March 21 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Eastsound. The acclaimed Fabulous Rhythmatics Band of Friday Harbor performed an eclectic mixture of top ten hits from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. The Hall was decorated for the occasion with hundreds of balloons and large bouquets of pink carnations. In keeping with the car culture of the period, a vintage 1966 Ford Thunderbird Landau, and a 1963 Corvette Stingray Coup were parked by the front door. One of the guests later said that when he left, he saw Elvis at the wheel of the Thunderbird !