County news briefs

Vision Mapping

How do successful business owners and entrepreneurs achieve goals and take their businesses and ideas to the next level? Learn how to create a strategic vision map to bring ideas and dreams into reality and get through periods of transition. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a workshop on the topic of Vision Mapping Strategies, on Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at the San Juan Island Library, cosponsored by San Juan Propane. Advance registration is required. $25 for materials and snacks; advance registration is required:

Instructor Sharon Hooper has been a Professional Certified Coach since 1999. After working with the U.S. Department of Defense and directing one of the world’s largest Child Development Centers, Sharon and her husband Richard created an independent and award-winning record label, World Disc Productions, headquartered in Friday Harbor for several years.


The Funhouse Commons is offering a second season of Stepping Up, the outdoor exploration club for students in grades fifth to eighth. Last year participants visited local parks such as Judd Cove, and camped out on their June outing, at Obstruction Pass State Park. The group learned about local farming projects at a visit to Orcas Community Participatory Agriculture, and discovered new hide and seek techniques in the woods of Buck Park. This year, a Stepping Up group is being offered for 7th and 8th, in addition to 5th and 6th grades.

The club will meet once a month, and consist of outdoor hikes, marine beach excursions, sustainable farming field trips, and an outdoor overnight camping trip. Skills-building activities encouraging healthy boundaries and positive self-esteem will be integrated into each outing. The group meets at 3:30 p.m. and ends around 7 p.m. Attendance is free; space is limited.

To sign up or for more information, contact Trillium at, or call the Funhouse Commons at: 376-7177.

Women’s Salon

All women are invited to a Women’s Salon on Inauguration Day, Friday Jan. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Orcas Senior Center. Salons have traditionally been held all over the world as a way of exchanging ideas, fostering connections within the community and exploring culture and the arts. On this day when people are dealing with the uncertainties of a divisive political transition, the invitation is to meet with your community of friends and neighbors and focus on what connects us as humans. Refreshments will be provided, artists will perform and neighbors will bring interesting topics to explore. Feel free to sit and visit with friends or join a table with a moderated topic.

JP and the OK Rhythm Boys

JP and the OK Rhythm Boys will be back at Random Howse in Eastsound Saturday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Join them for two hours of swingin’, rockin’ fiddle tunes, soaring vocals and truly abysmal jokes. Drop in to hear fine original songs, old-time, trusted fiddle tunes and some iconic standards performed by JP Wittman on Fiddle with Anita Orne and Gordon Koenig on Guitar, Stand-up Bass, Mandolin, Ukulele, Banjo and Acoustic Saw, (Electric Saw is not allowed in eating establishments). There is no cover.

Evening concert for Louis XIV

Suites assembled in 1713 for “little evening concerts” for Louis XIV of his favorite music from many decades will be premiered, almost surely for the first time since the death of Louis XIV in 1715 in this performance. A Little Evening Concert for Louis XIV will take place on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. at Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church at 107 Enchanted Forest Road in Eastsound with baroque bassoonist Anna Marsh, baroque violinist Courtney Kuroda, baroque violist Stephen Creswell and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan.

Beachwalkers needed

The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver two free training sessions: one focused on beached birds and one focused on marine debris. The Beached Bird training will be held in Eastsound on Saturday, Jan. 28 and the Marine Debris training will be held in Friday Harbor on Sunday, Jan. 29. COASST is a citizen science project of the University of Washington in partnership with state, tribal, and federal agencies, environmental organizations, and community groups. COASST participants help make a difference for the environment by collecting data on beach-cast carcasses of marine birds or on the characteristics of marine debris to help address important marine conservation issues and protect marine resources. The Beached Bird training session in Eastsound will be held at the Orcas Island Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Marine Debris training session in Friday Harbor will be held at the Friday Harbor Laboratories – Commons (620 University Road, Friday Harbor, WA 98261). Reserve your spot by calling COASST at 206-221-6893 or by emailing For more information on COASST: University of Washington, School of Aquatic &Fishery Sciences, Box 355020, Seattle, WA 98195-5020; 206-221-6893;;

Music disrupted

Sub Pop founder and music industry veteran Bruce Pavitt teams up with musician, engineer, and technologist Adam Farish to present a talk outlining the impact of digital technology on music. The music industry in particular has been rocked by the digital revolution the way we record, distribute, purchase, and listen to music has been radically transformed in just the last few years. It will be on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.

“The world of content creation and consumption is right on the cusp of a dramatic shift that is so huge barely anybody can see it,” says Farish.

Farish and Pavitt founded 8Stem, a new, interactive format for music; and one of a number of entrepreneurial companies, spurred by digital technology, now shaping the industry. H

ear from these experts on how music has evolved from analog to digital to now, with 8Stem, a mobile iphone application that developer Farish describes as “interactive, global, instantaneous, and social.”

Roméo et Juliette

Orcas Center presents the New York Met’s “Roméo et Juliette” by Charles Gounod streaming Live in HD on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. If you’ve not yet experienced the Metropolitan Opera streamed from New York City to Orcas Center, now you can be initiated to a “front row” opera with internationally acclaimed greats. Diana Damrau plays the tragic Juliette in Bartlett Sher’s new production of Gounod’s opera based on Shakespeare’s romance. Vittorio Grigolo plays Romeo. Tickets are $20, $15 for students, $2 off for Orcas Center members, and may be purchased at or by calling 376-2281 ext. 1 or visiting the Orcas Center Box Office.