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The Orcas Island Community Foundation recently announced nearly $70,000 awarded in grants this year.
Joan Roulac, accredited T’ai Chi Chih instructor, announces a new series of classes in T’ai Chi Chih, “a moving meditation.”
Kaleidoscope Childcare and Preschool is currently collecting items for a Yard Sale that will be held Saturday, June 28.
Up in the air, Junior Birdmen! On Saturday, June 14, Orcas aviators will again celebrate Young Eagle’s Day with free airplane rides for young people, aged eight to 17. Experienced local pilots provide the free flights. A parent or guardian must sign a permission slip, which will be provided at the event.
The Orcas Island Historical Society celebrated its 2008 opening on Friday, May 23. Members and general public enjoyed refreshments served in the Barfoot-Hodde entrance way while tapping their toes to the zither, fiddle and accordian tunes of Katie Jensen, Walter Daub and Trudi Erwin.
Orcas Center hosts an evening of original monologues on the theme “Pets: Why we Live With ‘em, Why we Don’t” on Friday, June 13. Joining in the fun will be a group of international improv actors to illustrate the monologues.
Chefs, would-be chefs, chefs who would be king, or anyone else that would like to be a barbecue legend for a day are invited to the first-ever Bullfrog Competition Barbeque.
A youth golf clinic will be taught by high school golf coach, Bobby Olmstead, on Mondays and Wednesdays from June 23 - July 16 at the Orcas Golf Course.
Sail Orcas announces the 15th year of the Orcas Island Junior Sailing Program. Students between the ages of eight and 15 will have the opportunity this summer to learn to sail in a variety of boats and under a variety of conditions. Hannah Tuson-Turner is the lead instructor.
The largest provider of youth sports programs in the country is coming to Orcas Island.
On May 16-18, twelve members of the Orcas Island Rowing Team traveled to Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Wash. to compete against the best in the Northwest at the U.S. Rowing Junior Regional Championship Regatta. Out of that field of over 1,000 athletes, two from Orcas Island, Barrett North and Sam Parish, qualified to compete in the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championship Regatta by placing second in the Men’s Lightweight 2x (double) with a time of 7:24.34 over a 2,000-meter course (only 3.29 seconds behind first place).
The PTSA voted in the Board for the upcoming 08-09 year Tuesday night at the regular meeting. Barb Skotte will continue as President, with Anne Garfield continuing in the role of Vice-President. Marian O’Brien will continue in the dual role of Secretary/Treasurer, with Vicki Vandermay and Michelle Kostechko sharing the roles of Volunteer/Membership Coordinators. Pat Lohman will be the Program Coordinator, Lorena Stankevich will stay on as Immediate Past President and Susan Stolmeier will stay on as Elementary Teacher Representative.
Bruce Orchid has officially filed for the District 4 position on the San Juan County Council representing Orcas West. Orchid traveled to his old job site, the County Courthouse, (having served as San Juan County Commissioner from 1989-1992), to personally file on June 6. Orchid has lived in the Orcas West district the entire 33 years he has lived on Orcas Island.
Prosecutor Randall K. Gaylord announced that he would seek the position of San Juan County Superior Court Judge.
Jim Rohrssen, of Lopez Island, returned from a trip to Asia this spring with a new found love of Myanmar (Burma). The people have been living under the control of a military junta for nearly 20 years. “After the cyclone devastated much of the country on May 2-3, I felt compelled to do something,” said Rohrssen. On June 11, he will sponsor a dinner and benefit auction for the victims of the cyclone at the Galley Restaurant with seatings at 5:30 and 7 p.m. and on June 15 he will hold an afternoon potluck and band concert at the Lopez Center.
The Public School Montessori Program, one of Orcas’ most innovative educational institutions, is now actively enrolling for the 2008/09 school year. The Public School Montessori Program is a first through third grade Montessori classroom that operates within the Orcas Public Elementary School.
Who remembers what a typewriter is? Does anyone use one nowadays? The Orcas Island Community Band does and even believes it is a musical instrument. Joe Babcock will lead the Community Band in a special tribute to American Composer Leroy Anderson. This is the Centennial Celebration of Anderson’s life and musical career.
From the fate of the lowly sea cucumber to the disenfranchisement of the next generation from their natural heritage, the San Juan Initiative is hearing it all, but the local-state-federal partnership is in a unique position to translate listening into a sea change, both for the San Juan Islands and for the nation.
A Special Meeting of the San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 Board to provide ample opportunity for community feedback will be held on June 11, 2008.
It’s green and it’s going to help the garden grow but Lopez students won’t be eating the latest green item associated with their farm-to-school program. Lopez Island school officials have been notified that they have been awarded a grant from Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores in the amount of $3,600 toward further development of their food gardens.
At the May 19 Annual Membership Orcas Island Prevention Partnership (OIPP) honored the work of Orcas Island community organizations for their contributions to a safe and healthy community free of substance abuse. It also began a new tradition of recognizing the work of a specific community organization and youth for their efforts in prevention as well as expressing special thanks to an individual each year.
There will be a search for Western Bluebirds in the greater San Juan Islands Saturday, June 7 from 7:30 to 10:30am. The center of the search is San Juan Island where eight pair of adult birds were translocated this spring.
On Saturday, June 7 at 2 p.m. at the Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall, OASIS students who have completed diploma programs or Graduation Equivalent Diploma (GEDs) will be honored.
Mindy Kayl has formally announced her candidacy for the position of San Juan County Council, Orcas West (District 4).
William Dietrich is a Washington native, best selling author, and journalist currently writing for the Seattle Times Sunday magazine, “Pacific Northwest.” He has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his writing. He is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham.
Back by popular demand, James Lee Stanley will perform in concert at The Trading Company in Eastsound on Friday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m.
The June meeting of the Orcas Island Garden Club will be held Wednesday, June 11, at 11 a.m., at the home of Jackie Abell, 118 Golf Estate Road, Eastsound.
A “Start of Summer Celebration” will be held throughout Eastsound Square on North Beach Road on June 7 from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m.
The community is invited to the graduation ceremonies of the Orcas Christian School. On June 9, the annual eighth grade graduation will be held in the school chapel beginning at 7 p.m.
A list of government agencies and non-profits awarded funds in 2008 to protect and restore salmon habitats.
Whether it’s sunny and charming in-town gardens, meadows with native plants with ponds and water features or shady waterfront settings with beautiful vistas, the annual Orcas Island Garden Club Tour on Saturday, June 7 has something for every gardening enthusiast.
Meetings on May 28 and June 11 re new county hospital
Monthly meeting for Orcas Village women
Perhaps you remember or have read about families gathering around the wireless in the evening to hear radio shows bringing music, laughter, and literature into peoples’ lives. Members of the home audience could close their eyes, and for a moment it would be as though they were there in the theater. Orcas Islanders will have the opportunity to be part of the live audience when Orcas Center and the local non-profit Artsmith bring “A River and Sound Review” to the Orcas Center on May 31, and later part of the home audience when the performance is made available by podcast.
Gerri Haynes will be speaking on “Iraq Today,” Sunday, June 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Orcas Senior Center.
It’s hard to deny that the antics of a California sea lion that showed up recently on San Juan Island are – let’s say – amusing.
The Lopez a cappella group, Lopez Sound, has invited some very special guests to perform on the island.