All children are invited to bring their artwork to the Orcas Senior Center Tuesday, June 3 between the hours of 1:30 to 4 p.m. The show will be available to the public during Senior Center hours. The take-down date for the show is July 1.
One of the passionate motivations for the Farm Education and Sustainability for Teens (FEAST) coordinators – Rusty Diggs, husband Christopher Evans, and Whitney Hartzell – is that, as Evans said, “Teenagers are a population that’s counted out right from the start. People have told us, ‘It sounds great, but you’ll never get teens interested in participating – especially not in the summertime.’
The Orcas Community Band, made up of 40 musicians ranging in ages from 15 to 88 “isn’t just a bunch of funky-sounding, old white-haired people, but an exhilarating, fun-filled and very musically competent ensemble,” says Band secretary Karen Speck. “We play light pop music that is enjoyable to listen to.”
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.
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.
Six years after moving into its location on Henry Road near “Church Corner,” the Orcas Island Senior Center is going stronger than ever. Not only do Foot Care and Senior Lunch continue to be popular and well attended, additional activities have been steadily added to the program.