News from Orcas Senior Center

  • Tue May 4th, 2021 1:30am
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Submitted by Orcas Senior Center.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings, will offer affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings at Orcas Senior Center on Thursday, June 10, 2021.

A package of five screenings to identify risk for stroke, heart disease and other chronic conditions will be offered:

• Carotid artery ultrasound to identify plaque buildup in the carotid arteries, a major risk factor for stroke

• Abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound to identify presence of an enlargement in the largest blood vessel in the body

• An EKG to identify the presence of atrial fibrillation, which increases the risk for stroke

• Ultrasound of the lower legs to look for plaque buildup known as peripheral artery disease

• Ultrasound of the shin bone to identify risk for osteoporosis

These 5 vital screenings are offered for only $149 and take 60-90 minutes to complete. If you register today, you will receive a $10 discount.

Register by calling toll-free 1-888-653-6441 or text the word “circle” to 797979.

Orcas Socrates Café

Join us for the next Orcas Socrates Café by Orcas Senior Center on Sunday, May 9, 4-6pm. Orcas Socrates Café is an opportunity to gather virtually, as a community, for a broad conversation on philosophical perspectives. This is not a book club, but rather a conversation, based upon the book, Socrates Café: A Fresh Taste by Philosophy, authored by Christopher Phillips who created the café framework using the Socratic method of discussion (book available at the Orcas Island Library and Darvill’s Bookstore). Attendees are encouraged to exchange philosophical perspectives based on their experiences. Our hope is to inspire a progression of questions that will broadly and thoughtfully encourage a friendly community dialog. To register for Orcas Socrates Café, go to ALL ARE WELCOME.

Buddy Check-In

Orcas Senior Center’s Buddy Check-In program launched just over a year ago as an urgent response to COVID-19. Its consistent weekly check-in calls from “Volunteer Buddies” have helped keep “Senior Buddies” safe at home and yet connected to community and resources during COVID.

To date, 75 volunteers have contributed over 615 hours placing 4,511 calls to Orcas seniors. Referrals have been made for a variety of needs, including home delivery of meals and essential home goods, mental health issues, mobility equipment, vaccine appointment assistance, and yard care.

Buddy Check-In is now a permanent Orcas Senior Center offering to support aging well on Orcas. If you are a senior who would like a regular call from a Volunteer Buddy, or if you would like to become Volunteer Buddy, register online at or contact program coordinator, John Slater, at or (360) 919-9318.

Local Folk Art: A quilting relic

Maggie Kaplan, local quilting artist and Orcas District Committee member, has been hard at work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic making hundreds of masks for community members and visitors alike. She, along with Orcas Arts & Gifts, and Sherrie Schiff, have successfully given a whopping $15,000 in donations to Orcas Senior Center for the sale of her masks!

With Maggie’s mask-making came an abundance of fabric scraps of which she is now using to make quilts like the one pictured. When Orcas Senior Center re-opens, we will proudly display one of these quilting masterpieces.

San Juan County and the CDC are recommending that people continue to wear masks and social distance even if you have been fully vaccinated, so stock up on Maggie’s masks at Orcas Arts & Gifts at 245 Main Street or from Maggie’s carport at 158 Palisades Drive.

To see the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the County’s vaccination efforts, go to


Orcas Socrates Cafe