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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.