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Susan Gudgell, President
Mary Clure, Secretary
Mike Stolmeier
Charles Dalton
Colleen Armstrong
Mia Kartiganer
Shannon Borg
Jared Lovejoy
Michell Marshall, Past Pres.
Ken Speck, Ex Officio

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Lance Evans
Executive Director
Heather Johnson, staff
Michele Wiley, volunteer
Carol Owens, volunteer
Lisa Boyd, volunteer 
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65 North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
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Kenmore Air: Which Island should be on sale?

Kenmore Air Contest

Kenmore Air's annual Facebook "Vote for your favorite island in the San Juans" contest is going on now through August 2.  They're going to put the island with the most votes on sale for just $89. That's up to 35% off regular fares!   You can vote once a day, every day. So come back often and encourage all of your friends and family to vote by sharing the contest after you submit!

Click here to vote: http://bit.ly/OrcasKenmore 
The Chamber Announces Two New Members! 


Score Nifty Thrifty SCORE! Nifty Thrifty  
(Owner: Susan Malins)  
Score! Nifty Thrifty, where the theme is Community Sharing.  A wide variety of clean household items are donated by community members, then offered back to the community at very affordable prices.  Donations may be made during business hours, 11-4 Monday through Saturday - for large donations, please make an appointment.  Located in the Eastsound Post Office building, owner Susan Malins.  Stop by the air conditioned shop and Score! 
Phone: 360-376-8375
Bluebird Builders Bluebird Builders, LLC
(President: Prescott Jones) 
Bluebird Builders is a general contracting/homebuilding business specializing is new custom homes and remodels. Our team provides  in-house services such as foundations, framing, siding, trim, custom tile, concrete, fine carpentry, paint, and design. With over 25 years of experience, Bluebird Builders produces high-quality projects utilizing the finest Orcas Island subcontractors and carpenters. 
Phone: 360-376-8539 
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Events This Week


LIVE THEATER: 'THREE VIEWINGS' BY JEFFREY HATCHER 
(Thursday/Friday,  July 17/18, 7 pm @ Random Howse)
The Actors Theater announces the second play in their "Summer at Random Howse" Readers Theater/Dinner Theater series. Three monologues set in a Midwestern funeral parlor over a three-day weekend: 
TELL-TALE is the story of Emil, the mild-mannered undertaker whose unspoken passion for a local real-estate woman leads him to commit crimes and plot a way to confess his true feelings before time-and bodies-run out. 
THE THIEF OF TEARS is Mac, a beautiful Los Angeles drifter, who makes her living stealing jewelry from corpses. 
THIRTEEN THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI is the story of Virginia, the widow of a wheeler-dealer contractor, who discovers that her husband has left her in debt to the banks, her family and the mob.
Tickets are $10 and available at Darvill's Bookstore and online www.orcasactors.com . Dinner will be available. For reservations call Random Howse at 376-1111.
 
INFORMATION: Contact the Director, Doug Bechtel at 317- 5601


POTTER'S FEST AT CROW VALLEY POTTERY
(Friday, July 18 thru August @ The Cabin. Reception Friday, July 18,  4-7 pm)
CROW VALLEY POTTERY Presents... Our MOST POPULAR Summer Show!...
POTTER'S FEST 2014... Our most awaited show each season! Functional, classical, decorative and good pure folk art...our widest and wildest array of pots ever... the varied works of nearly 50 potters! We've never offered so many choices.  Please join us!
Please join us for an opening reception on Friday July 18, 4 - 7 pm.  Tasty treats of course, and Classical Guitar by Joe Miller!

INFORMATION: 360-376-4260 or visit us at www.crowvalley.com


ON SCREEN: 22 JUMP STREET @ SEA VIEW THEATRE
(Friday & Saturday @ 8 pm)
After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. Rated R.

INFORMATION: 234 A St, 360-376-5724


COMMUNITY ZIPLINE DAY @ CAMP ORKILA!
(Saturday, July 19 from 9 - 11 am) 
YMCA Camp Orkila would like to invite you to come out and take a ride on our 1000-ft Zip Line!  This great opportunity is FREE but by appointment.  If interested, you must call camp at 360.376.2678 to sign-up for a time assignment.  Please know the number of people in your party at the time of calling.  Maximum weight capacity for a single rider is 285 lbs (subject to change depending on conditions) and children must be entering 3rd grade or older to participate.   Being prompt is important so please plan to arrive at camp 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.  Please enter through the main entrance on Mount Baker Road and follow signs to the designated parking areas. Thank you & we look forward to seeing you!

RESERVATIONS: Call 360-376-2678 (to make an appointment)


ORCAS ISLAND FARMERS' MARKET  
(Saturdays from 10 am - 3 pm @ Eastsound Village Green) 
Island Fresh, Island Made ~ All items sold in the market are grown or crafted by Orcas Island farmers and artisans! Be sure to visit us on Facebook at Orcas Island Farmers Market for all of the latest Market news.  

 

INFORMATION: For more information please call Jennifer Pietsch, Market Manager at 317-8342 or via email at orcasislandfarmersmarket@gmail.com

 

 

ORCAS ISLAND LIBRARY ICE CREAM SOCIAL 
(Saturday,  July 19 from noon - 2:30 pm on the Library grounds)
Enjoy Lopez Creamery ice cream with toppings, music, face painting, bouncy house, and popcorn. Watch our short video and talk with the Library Board and staff to learn more about our Expansion Project.  FREE!


ORCAS CENTER'S ANNUAL GALA & AUCTION 
(Saturday, July 19 at 5:00 pm)
Don your beret and fishnet stockings and join us at the Orcas Center for a French soiree. There will be merveilleuse cabaret performers, a delectable dinner by Christina Orchid, beaucoup de French wine, and incroyable auctions. Mingle with chanteuses, bohemians, musicians, and maybe a few Americans in Paris- all for the love of art!
Tickets $150.00 per person.  Sponsor a table of 8 for $1,200.

INFORMATION:  Call 360-376 -2281 ex 1


POTLUCK DINNER WITH 'OUT ON ORCAS'  
(Saturday, July 19 @ Cascade Lake Picnic Shelter. Cocktails at 5:30 pm and dinner at 6 pm)
Join us for an evening out with the island LGBT group, Out on Orcas. We'll have an eclectic potluck dinner, s'mores, a campfire, and music.  Please bring a dish to share (salads, sides, desserts or main) and your beverage of choice. The hosts will provide plates, utensils, and table settings. Come enjoy a fun and friendly summer evening at the lake!

INFORMATION: www.magicalisland.com


DANCE PARTY @ RANDOM HOWSE
(Saturday, July 19 from 9 pm)
FREE, 21+, DJ TEACHER'S PET (AKA Zach O'Brien)

INFORMATION:  360-376-1111


CONCERT IN THE PARK:  'ALMOST CLASSICAL'
(Sunday, July 20 from 5 - 7 pm on the Village Green, Eastsound)
Bring your picnic Sunday and hear Orcas Has Talent winners "Almost Classical." This group, composed of Emy Carter, Lisa Carter and Paris Wilson, will entertain you with their energetic and innovative arrangements of classical and current popular songs.  Singer-songwriter Madi Jane West will fill the park with her melodic voice and sing some current hits as well as original tunes. All the musicians, including pianist Kellen Comrie, will share the stage for the last set.


COME TO YOUR SENSES! AT KINDLINGSFEST 2014
(Tuesday-Friday, July 22-25 @ Community Church)
What if you are not just limited to the five traditional senses? Sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch? What is the connection between the senses and the spiritual?  In just a few weeks The Kindlings will take on the theme "Come to Your Senses" at KindlingsFest.
KindlingsFest is a celebration of art and ideas and where they intersect with the spiritual. K-Fest 2014 features a fabulous gathering of thinkers, writers, musicians, artists, dancers, mystics and dreamers to help us explore the theme "Come to Your Senses" through lectures, poetry, art, dance, music, theatre ~ smell, touch, taste, see and hear.  Kindlings founder Dick Staub said he and friends started the movement "to rekindle the deeper, richer intellectual, spiritual and creative legacy of Christians in culture," adding, "We welcome Orcas Islanders to participate in our events regardless of their religious affiliation. Just look for our advertisement in this edition of the Sounder and join us for an amazing week!"

INFORMATION: Registration is required. For information Call 376-6422 (Tuesday through Friday 10-2 PM) or go to www.TheKindlings.com (under the events tab).

            
MOVIE NIGHT @ THE BARNACLE  

(Different Movie every Tuesday, 8 pm) 

Your hosts Peter Vincent and Andy Martin show a different movie every week.We'll make up fantastic and inexpensive drink specials just for the occasion. After the show is just as fun! Peter and Andy will have an open chat about the film & challenge you on trivia based around each weeks choice. See you there!   

 

 

BROWN BAG CONCERT

(Wednesday, July 23 at noon @ Emmanuel Episcopal Church)
Admission is free but donations are welcomed to fund the Virgil Cleaveland Memorial Scholarship. The 1/2 hour concert begins at noon. All are invited to bring a lunch to eat in the gardens following the program. 

 

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING FARMERS' MARKET

(July 23 - August 13 from 5 - 8 pm)

Orcas Island Farmers' Market Celebrates the Summer with Wednesday Evening Markets! Join your Market friends for a bit of shopping, dinner, a beer and a nice bit of entertainment right on the Eastsound Village Green.  Wednesday July 23rd 5:00-8:00  is our fist Evening Market of the year featuring the Dust Bunnies and friends.  What could be nicer?   

 

INFORMATION:  Please call Jennifer Pietsch at 317-8342 

 

 

LECTURE: 'GLOBAL WARMING, THE MEDIA, AND COAL TRAINS'  

(Wednesday, July 23, 5:30 pm @ Orcas Center)
The Orcas Island Public Library presents Dr. Cliff Mass, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University Of Washington.
"Global warming is a serious problem that required immediate attention, but there are two serious problems:  (1) The media and politicians are not giving an accurate description of the current and future impacts of increasing greenhouse gases and (2) mankind is not doing enough to mitigate the future warming.  This talk will discuss these issues, examine how they influence each other, and provide a factual basis for dealing with this environmental threat."
Professor Mass' specialties are weather prediction, numerical modeling, the influence of topography on weather systems, the structure and evolution of weather systems, and the weather of the western U.S. He is currently the lead scientist for the Northwest modeling consortium, a group of local, state, and Federal agencies building a cutting-edge weather prediction capacity for the region. He is the author of "The Weather of the Pacific Northwest" and over 85 refereed papers, has served as editor for several professional journals, and is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
Please join us for an interesting and timely program, as well as a question and answer session with the leading climatologist in our area.
This program is brought to you by the Orcas Island Public Library, with additional funding provided by the Friends of the Orcas Island Library. This program is free of charge.

INFORMATION: Please contact Kathleen Lunde at the Library, 376-4985

 

OPEN MIC @ RANDOM HOWSE 

(Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm)
samples of some of Orcas Island's amazing talent - FREE, ALL AGES WELCOME, usually goes to 10 - 10:30pm.

INFORMATION: 360-376-1111

 

 

RANDOM TALES @ RANDOM HOWSE

(Thursday, July 24 from 7 pm)
SPECIAL NOTE: We are still gathering story tellers for July 24, Random Tales, Topic, "How I came to live on Orcas Island"  Please let me know if you'd like to share your story. Event starts at 7 pm, Free, All ages.

INFORMATION:  360-376-1111  

 

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Announcements


SAVE THE DATE FOR THE ANNUAL LIBRARY FAIR
(Saturday, August 9 from 10 am - 3 pm)
This year's Orcas Island Library Fair will be held at the Library on August 9, 2014 from 10 - 3. More information very soon.
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ORCAS MOON ALPACAS IS OPEN FOR THE SUMMER! 

(Open Daily) 
Get up close and personal with some of our favorite farm friends!  Sheep, chickens, miniature donkeys and of course ALPACA!  We welcome visitors to our farm and farm shop  daily Sunday- Friday and Saturday by appointment.  (#)

INFORMATION: 329 Dolphin Bay Road. Please call Orcas Moon Alpacas at 317-8342


SOARING CRANE OFFERS ACUPUNCTURE GIFT CERTIFICATES 
Just in, Gift Certificates for Acupuncture with Lori Wilson LAC, Soaring Crane Healing. Treat your friend or family member to a relaxing, energizing, painless acupuncture treatment. The National Institute of Health recognizes many conditions that acupuncture is effective for including back pain, asthma and allergies, headaches, menstrual and menopausal disorders, carpal tunnel, depression. (#)

INFORMATION:  Call for more information 376-5900


NEW OFFERING FROM SHEARWATER ADVENTURES
We are offering our full schedule of guided kayak tours now and the weather has been ideal!
3-hour Kayak Tours        $75
  Deer Harbor Marina      9am, 1pm, 5pm
  Doe Bay Resort           10am, 2pm
  Rosario Resort            1pm
  West Beach Resort     6:30pm (Sunset)
Sucia Island Day Trip     $145
  West Beach Resort     10am - 5pm
This week we have a special experience available with our Moonrise Kayak Tours!
  Deer Harbor Marina      6:30 - 9:30pm  (##)

INFORMATION: Call for reservations or more info. Mon - Sat 9am - 6pm, Sun 9am - 4pm, 360-376-4699

 
  
Classes & Seminars


CLASS SCHEDULE @ MONKEY PUZZLE WORKSHOP

Sunday, July 20 from 10 am - 4 pm:  Stone Setting in Silver Precious Metal Clay-Silver.
Instructor: Osa Caudill will teach how to design and make bezels with precious silver metal clay.  Cost $190.

Tuesday, July 22 from 4 - 5 pm: Musical Saw. Instructor: Anita Orne teaches the basics of playing the musical saw. No experience needed. Instruments available for rental. Cost: $43.
Sunday, July 27 from 1 - 4 pm: Copper Etching. Instructor: Osa Caudill will teach you how to texture copper and make a bracelet or earrings. Cost: $92.
Tuesday, July 29 from 4 - 5 pm: Musical Saw. Instructor: Anita Orne teaches the basics of playing the musical saw. No experience needed. Instruments available for rental. Cost: $43.

INFORMATION: Pre-payment and pre-registration required. Call 360-376-2275 or email monkey@rockisland.com  

 

 

INTUITIVE TRACKING: HUNTING AND STALKING YOUR INNER WISDOM  

(Wednesday, July 30 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio)
All of us possess an inner knowing, an "intuitive compass" meant to guide us through our lives. This tool is made up of our intellectual/logical brain, our heart, which is the feeling/emotional center, and our gut, which processes and "digests" information we receive from the world around us. When all of these areas are open and receptive -and we pay attention to what they are telling us!-we make empowered, dynamic choices in our relationships, careers and other areas of our lives.
This workshop, led by Senior Teacher Bridget Boland, is designed to help you sharpen your inner hunting and stalking skills of tracking. We will begin with an asana practice to open the chakras and facilitate heightened intuition. Then we'll shift into energy practices and tools including wall tracking and vision questing to deepen into acknowledging and following your inner wisdom. Join us for a fascinating journey - into the deepest places within yourself!  Cost: $20 (Before 7/28) $25 (After 7/28).

INFORMATION:  To register for a session or for more information contact info@orcasmandala.com or 360-298-0218

 

ENERGETIC MEDICINE SESSIONS 

(Thursday/Friday, July 31/August 1 @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio)
Bridget Boland is a shamanic energy healer certified by The Four Winds, an award-winning writer of 'The Doula', Forrest Yoga Teacher, birth and death coach, and former attorney. Bridget strives to provide a sanctuary for students to explore their emotional, energetic and physical landscapes through breath, movement and energetic processes including soul retrieval and destiny retrieval.
Healing Sessions ~ $120 for 90 minutes. Session Times on July 31 & August 1
11:30am - 1:00pm, 1:30 - 3:00pm, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Sessions occur on a massage table, followed up with talk/process time and homework. This powerful work facilitates profound physical, emotional and energetic transformation.  

INFORMATION:  To register for a session or for more information contact info@orcasmandala.com or 360-298-0218  



FREE THERAPY WORKSHOP: 'HOW AM I HERE?'
(Thursday, July 31 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm @ Public Library)
Michael Elder, a licensed marriage and family therapist, recently moved to the island with his wife Linda, is presenting a free workshop at the Orcas Island Library.
This presentation introduces the formative method of self management developed by Stanley Keleman, one of the early bio-energetics pioneers. The purpose of the formative exercise is described not as therapy (healing a disorder) but as "growing your second adult" defined as learning to consciously affect your physical/mental/emotional habits of behavior in order to live the life of your choosing.
Formative psychology was developed by Stanley Keleman and you can read more at www.centerpress.com.

INFORMATION: Elder can be contacted at 376-3255 or visit www.michaeleldermft.com


CALLING ALL ASPIRING ACTORS
(Two day workshop Saturday/Sunday, August 30/31 @ Camp Orkila)
Are you an adult beginning actor?  Are you experienced on the stage but want to improve your performance skills?  Then get ready to rumble.
The Maria Massey Memorial Fund, in concert with the Actors Theater of Orcas Island, is pleased to announce its first acting training program.  The fund was established to support the developing talents of Orcas Island actors as a way to honor the memory of Maria Massey, who was an actor on Orcas Island.
Renowned acting coach and director Paula Russell, who has lived and taught acting classes on Orcas for many years and now lives in Austin, Texas, is coming to Orcas and will conduct a two day acting workshop at Camp Orkila on August 30 and 31.
The course, which is targeted to adults with at least some acting experience, will consist of exercises, scene work and character building.
The workshop can accommodate a maximum of 16 students, on a first come first served basis, so sign up now. While the basic cost of the workshop is $50, the Maria Massey Memorial Fund will provide scholarship assistance to any student who needs financial help.
The training program will take place at the Alumni building at YMCA Camp Orkila.

INFORMATION:  To sign up or for further information, contact Doug Bechtel at doug@orcasactors.com


Restaurant News & Dining Deals

 

 

THIS WEEK AT THE KITCHEN.......IT'S A KITCHEN FISH FRY BABY!
(Thursday/Friday)
We're starting out with lemon-garlic marinated cod, dredged in seasoned flour and pan fried, served with roasted potato salad, made from locally sourced potatoes, on a bed of Maple Rock Farm greens and a roasted red pepper-shiitake mushroom aioli...yummmmy-14.
Thursday and Fry-day.......bad joke, sorry.......

INFORMATION:  360-376-6958, thekitchenorcas.com



THIS WEEK @ RANDOM HOWSE 
(Wednesday - Friday from 5 pm) 
This week Kelly is making her amazing potato salad to go with our BBQ specials.  As always, our yummy grilled cheese concoctions will be available also during restaurant hours.

INFORMATION:  360-376-1111


UPDATED NEW HOURS AT CAFE OLGA 
Cafe Olga  is now open daily, 8am - 4pm.  Serving dinner Sunday - Wednesday nights from 5:30 - 9 pm. Reservations accepted for dinner only.   We will open for dinner @ 5:30 pm. (#)

INFORMATION:  360-376-5098
 

SUMMER HOURS @ KATHRYN TAYLOR CHOCOLATES 
(Open Daily from  9 am - 6 pm ~ Friday and Saturday 'til 7 pm!)
Come enjoy a gourmet Bon Bon, Snoqualmie Ice Cream, or other bakery treat. Serving Stumptown Coffee. (##)

INFORMATION:  360-376-1030 


Continuing Restaurant Specials
 
 
RED RABBIT FARM IS SERVING FARM-TO-TABLE DINNERS 
(Sundays at 6 pm through September) 
Throughout the season we offer a series of Farm to Table dinners.  The dinners are robust affairs, but limited to forty people.  We set the long table in the meadow or in the barn.  We fill bowls and platters with the best our farmers can provide that day.

INFO & RESERVATIONS: Call 360-376-3208


PUB NIGHT  @ ORCAS HOTEL: GENE NERY & MARTIN LUND  
(Fridays @ 6 pm) 
Pub Night is officially back, featuring live music with Gene Nery and Martin Lund. Chef Anthony has added some fantastic new dishes to the menu. No reservations required, seating is first come, first served. We hope to see you there! 

INFORMATION: 360-376-4300
 
 
HAPPY HOUR @ ROSARIO 
(Monday thru Thursday, 3 - 5 pm) 
Enjoy Happy Hour(s) in the Moran Lounge.


LIVE MUSIC @ ROSARIO 
(Saturday 6-9 pm) 
Enjoy the incredible guitar playing and smooth vocals of Orcas Island's own Gene Nery. 

INFORMATION: 360-376-2222
 
 
HAPPY HOUR @ THE MADRONA
(Monday - Friday, 3-6 pm & ALL DAY SUNDAY in the bar
$5 wines by the glass, mimosa's, margarita's & bloody mary's $1 off all well drinks and draft beer. $5 salads, $6 small plates, $7 beef, fish or pork sliders.  
 
INFORMATION:  376-7171

 

 

PIZZA NIGHT AND OPEN MIC AT THE DOE BAY CAFÉ 
(Thursday Evening) 
Join island visitors and residents to share music, spoken word, and other performances on the night when we come together in that ancient ritual of community and communion: good pizza! The Café is open from 5-10 pm and Open Mic begins at 7:30 pm.  Come out and support Friends of Moran State Park! Each Thursday in July, Doe Bay Pizza and Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each pizza slice to Friends of Moran! Great food, music and a fantastic cause! 
 
INFORMATION:  call 376-8059 or see doebay.com

  

 

LIVE MUSIC @ THE DEER HARBOR INN RESTAURANT

(Fridays & Saturdays)

Come hear the sounds of Flamenco Guitar with Farhad Hanjan on Fridays and enjoy Live Piano with Ron Meyers every Saturday night for dinner and Fried Chicken Dinners on Sundays.  Open for dinner daily from 5 - 9 pm.

 

INFORMATION: Call 376-1040 for reservations
 
 
Upcoming Events


LIVE THEATER: 'THE SURPRISE VISIT' BY RON HERMAN 
(Thursday/Friday, August 14/15, 7 pm @ Random Howse) 
Cynthia has broken off her engagement to Bobby but has been afraid to tell her parents.  What happens when her parents make an unexpected visit to help her get ready for the wedding?  Lots!!  Fortunately, all's well that end's well.

INFORMATION: Tickets available at Darvills' Bookstore and online www.orcasactors.com


ON STAGE: THE BOBS @ ORCAS CENTER 
(Friday, July 25 at 7:30 pm)
The Bobs, described by the Seattle Times as "a musical equivalent of a Gary Larson drawing, "use just their voices and body percussion to fill a room with an orchestra of harmonious sound. They have left an indelible mark on vocal music, expertly skewering standards and establishing their own hilarious norms. Once dubbed the only New Wave a cappella group in history, "The Bobs," commented The Washington Post, "prove that the human voice remains the most powerful instrument of all."
$25, $19 Orcas Center members, $11 students.  Burgers & Brew before the show at 5:30 pm! $15 at the door.

INFORMATION:  Call 360-376 -2281 ex 1


BLOOD DRIVE @ EASTSOUND FIRE HALL  
(Thursday, July 31 from 12 noon - 6 pm) 
Walk-ins welcome. Donors with appointments have priority at registration. For information and to schedule an appointment, please contact Paul Losleben at 376-6804 or email losleben@rockisland.com


EASTSOUND ANNUAL ORCAS FLY-IN  & ANTIQUE CAR SHOW 
(Friday - Sunday, August 1 - 3 @ Eastsound Airport) 
The 30th annual Old Fashioned Fly-In is fun for the whole family!  Each year 100-150 aircraft attend the Orcas Fly-In from around the country. Come enjoy the best of general aviation! Warbirds, experimentals, old fashioned airplanes, local pilots and seaplanes, aircraft, plus flying demonstrations. There will be a pancake breakfast both days at the Firehall from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Also enjoy the Orcas Road Classics car club's most widely known event is the annual car show hosted during the first weekend of August in conjunction with the Fly-In. This year the club has decided to give back to the community and has teamed up with the local Food Bank by accepting cans of food and cash donations for this cause. Car entrants to the show are asked to donate food for the Food Bank and/or $10 as an entrance fee to help this local charity.The event is sponsored by EAA (Experimental Aircraft Assoc) Chapter 937.  Admission: Free

INFORMATION:  Call Gil Blinn at 376-6579 


ORCAS ISLAND ARTISTS' THREE DAY STUDIO TOUR' 
(Friday - Sunday, August 15 - 17 from 11 am - 5 pm) 
This is your chance to visit the working studios of 32 premier Orcas Island Artists. See first hand how and where their special techniques are being mastered, meet the artists and purchase their most recent work.

INFORMATION: Visit OrcasArtistsStudioTour.com


COMMUNITY ZIPLINE DAY @ CAMP ORKILA! 
(Saturday, August 16 from 9 - 11 am)
YMCA Camp Orkila would like to invite you to come out and take a ride on our 1000-ft Zip Line!  This great opportunity is FREE but by appointment.
If interested, you must call camp at 360.376.2678 to sign-up for a time assignment.  Please know the number of people in your party at the time of calling.  Maximum weight capacity for a single rider is 285 lbs (subject to change depending on conditions) and children must be entering 3rd grade or older to participate.
Being prompt is important so please plan to arrive at camp 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.  Please enter through the main entrance on Mount Baker Road and follow signs to the designated parking areas. Thank you & we look forward to seeing you!

 
Continuing Art & Museum Shows
 

CHECK OUT THIS MONTH'S ARTIST @ WASHINGTON FEDERAL  
(New art every month)
Customers and non-Customers alike are welcome to stop by 35 Main St. in Eastsound and see fabulous art Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. We feature a different local artist every month. Doug Bayley is hanging his rich and colorful Orcas Island landscapes this month at Washington Federal. Stop by and check out his work!


ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
(Open Wednesdays - Saturdays from 11 am - 4 pm, Sundays 12 - 3 pm)
CROW VALLEY SCHOOL MUSEUM
(Open Wednesdays & Saturdays from 12 noon - 3 pm)
Summer hours May -Sept.  The Crow Valley School Museum is open Wednesdays & Saturdays 12 - 3 pm ;  Museum Office Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  

 

INFORMATION:  Call the Museum, 376-4849 

  

  

MORAN MANSION MUSEUM TOURS

(Open Daily 8 am - 9 pm)
The Mansion is open to the public for a self-guided tour from 9 am - 9 pm daily.  The tour is free.  

 

INFORMATION: Call Rosario @ 376-2152 ext. 300   

 

 

ROSARIO MUSIC CONCERT AND HISTORICAL NARRATIVE

(Monday thru Saturdays at 4 pm)
Enjoy a presentation of music and photography that walks guests through the history of the Moran family and the Rosario estate with Christopher Peacock. Highlights of the presentation include the historic Moran Photograph Collection, Phantom of the Opera music performed on the Mansion's 1,972 pipe Aeolian organ with the silent film, stories of the Mansion's most colorful residents, and Christopher's original piano compositions played on the 1900 Steinway Grand Piano.

INFORMATION: Call Rosario @ 376-2152 ext. 300 


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Public Meetings on Orcas Island
  • San Juan County's public meeting list is found here. 

Tuesday, July 22 (4:30 pm). Eastsound Sewer and Water District  
meeting (East side of Airport, at end of Cessna Lane). Regularly scheduled on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.   

Thursday, August 7 (3 pm). Eastsound Planning Review Committee. (Eastsound Fire Station). Meets first Thursday of the month.
This meeting is subject to change due to the July 4th holiday.

Wednesday, August 13 (1:30 - 3:30 pm). Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee (Deer Harbor Community Center). Call 376-3199 for more information. Public is welcome. Regularly scheduled on the second Wednesday of the month.  

Tuesday, August 14 (8:30 am). Orcas Island Public Library Board  
(Public Library). Call 376-4985 for more information. Meets the second Tuesday of the month.

 

Thursday, August 14 (4 pm - 6 pm).  Orcas Island Park & Recreation
District (Eastsound Fire Station). Meets second Thursday of the month.

Tuesday, August 14 (5:30 pm). Orcas Fire District Commissioners meeting (Eastsound Fire Hall). Call 376-2331 for more information. Regularly meets on the second Tuesday of the month.

Thursday, August 14 (6 pm). Port of Orcas Commissioners (Airport conference room). Meets second Thursday of the month. Call 376-5285 for more information.

  

The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce works daily to support our community's businesses and organizations.  Please support Chamber of Commerce members when making your buying decisions.  The value of a dollar spent locally cannot be overstated.  Think Local - Buy Local - Orcas First!

The Chamber of Commerce is happy to answer any questions you have about our beautiful island!  

 

Lance Evans, Executive Director

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce

 

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce 

 

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