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Board of Directors
Susan Gudgell, President Colleen Armstrong, VP
Mary Clure, Secretary 
Kim Morgan, Treasurer  
Shannon Borg
Charles Dalton
Lee Horswill
Marlace Hughes
Mia Kartiganer
Cindy Morgan
Mike Stolmeier


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Lance Evans
Executive Director

Lisa Boyd, staff
Celia Farr-Smith, staff
Barb Buman, volunteer
Michele Wiley, volunteer 
PO Box 252
65 North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
Office: (360) 376-2273

 
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Businesses ... Organizations ... and Individuals!  

There is no better time to join the Chamber!         65-years strong, your Chamber of Commerce represents business and organizations on Orcas Island, providing networking opportunities, business resources, and member promotion.

If you own or manage a business or are involved with a community or non-profit organization, don't hesitate to learn more about Chamber membership. The Chamber office will gladly explain the benefits of membership, all at a very affordable rate.
 
And we encourage individual islanders to invest, too! Ours is a community non-profit and we hope you will join to support our efforts, and be included in Chamber Events for our entire membership.
 
Click here to download a copy of the membership application or click here to visit our Chamber Membership page on our website.
 
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the Chamber of Commerce welcome you!
 
 
 
Chamber Annual Meeting Coming Soon!

Thursday, October 20.
Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting! 
Chamber Members (or those thinking of joining) ... Save the date to join us at Rosario Resort's Beach House. 

It's a great evening to learn more about the Chamber, catch up with island friends, and learn about all the ways the Chamber is working to promote your business and organization (individuals are also welcome to join!)

Call (360-376-2273) or email the Chamber to hold your spot!




 
What Will Eastsound Look Like in the Future?

Comments and Input Sought for Planning Purposes  
of the Eastsound Urban Growth Subarea Plan

When: Thursday, October 13, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: The Lundeen Room at the Orcas Senior Center

The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce and the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) are hosting a public meeting seeking input to the Eastsound Urban Growth Subarea Plan, which is up for review this year.

Important considerations are densities (housing, retail/ commercial, traffic/parking), village character (walk/bike ability, streetscape, design), and amenities, public spaces and various opportunities.

To access the document, "Seeking a Vision for Eastsound; An Invitation to Engage" and its companion survey prior to the meeting, please, click here. This document and survey are also available at the Orcas Public Library. 

INFORMATION: For more information about the meeting, contact the Chamber office at 360-376-2273 or email info@orcasislandchamber.com
  

Events This Week & Beyond
 
 
OPEN MIC NIGHT @ THE DOE BAY CAFÉ WITH HOST SEAN TOWNSEND
(Thursday Evenings - Sponsoring Friends of Moran in September)  
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. The Café is open from 5-10 pm and Open Mic begins at 7:30 pm. Come out and support Friends of Moran! Each Thursday in September, Doe Bay Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each entree sold to Friends of Moran. Great food, music and a fantastic cause!  This week our host is Sean Townsend.

INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-8059.


NT LIVE: THREE PENNY OPERA @ ORCAS CENTER 
(Thursday, September 22 at 7:30 pm)
Streaming Live: Mack the Knife is back in town. A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill's raucous musical broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre.
Contains scenes of a sexual nature, violence and filthy language.                 
Tickets: $20, $15 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members; $5 Subsidized Tickets available at the Box Office.

INFORMATION:  360-376-2281x1; www.orcascenter.org.

 
MOVIE OF THE WEEK AT SEA VIEW THEATRE: HELL OR HIGH WATER 
(Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm) 
A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas. Rated R. Starring Dale Dickey, Ben Foster, Chris Pine.        

INFORMATION: Please, call the Sea View Theatre at 360-376-5724, located at 234 A Street, Eastsound


ORCAS ISLAND FARMERS' MARKET 
(Saturdays, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm on the Eastsound Village Green)
The Orcas Island Farmers' Market has something new to offer each week! Not only great produce but weekly drop-in participants bringing creations just for you.  Christmas shopping at the Market is a great way to check folks off your list long before the holiday season. Come check us out 10:00 am - 3:00 pm on the Eastsound Village Green. To keep fully up-to-date, don't forget to Like us on Facebook!   

INFORMATION: Questions?  Please, call Jennifer at 360-317-8342.



ROSARIO MUSIC CONCERT AND HISTORICAL NARRATIVE
(SATURDAYS ONLY at 4:00 pm starting September 24)
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. Complimentary and open to the public.   

INFORMATION: Call Rosario at 360-376-2152, ext. 300
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WHALE OF A SHOW @ ORCAS CENTER
(Saturday, September 24, 6:30 pm)
It is time for the Orcas all-kid talent show! Directed by Didier Gincig and crew, this annual event is an opportunity to see children and youth of all ages share their performing arts talents including singing, dancing and musicianship. Skits and family acts also. All ticket proceeds benefit Orcas Center's youth programs.

INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1.


ORCAS ISLAND FARM TOUR
(Sunday, October 2, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm) 
Sponsored by Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce 
This year the map and guide will serve as a passport, with a sticker showing proof of purchase, and different stamps to be collected at each farm you attend. We again are using rainbow flags to mark entrances to farms. 
The Kitchen offers a Farm Tour Brunch in their courtyard from 9:30 -11:00 am, fee $15 per person, $8 for 12 and under. 
Once again San Juan Transit will be shuttling two busses around the island starting at The Kitchen and other departure points, the fee $8 per person, a convenient and eco-friendly option. The Senior Center bus will be available for seniors. 
There will be a Orcas Farm Tour T-shirt, custom printing will be available at The Print Shop in Eastsound Village, and bring your own garment to the Farm Tour Party and have it printed for $10. 
At the end of the day, enjoy a soiree at Orcas Farm about a mile past Doe Bay, from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm, with live local music, DJ Teacher's Pet, Free Farmers Potluck, Lion's Club Beer Garden sponsored by Island Hoppin Brewery available for purchase.
Admission Information: $10 per person, $25 per family


THE 3rd ANNUAL ORCAS ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL
The 3rd Annual Orcas Island Film Festival will take place Friday, October 7 - Monday, October 10.
Critically-acclaimed feature films from around the world and local shorts.  For tickets, schedules, and weekend passes, visit orcasfilmfest.com.


SALISH SEA FESTIVAL
(Saturday, October 15 @ Rosario Resort)
9:00 am: talks, demos and tours all day
5:30 - 8:00 pm: Taste of the Salish Sea
Attendees at the 1st Annual Salish Sea Festival will enjoy workshops on seaweed and sushi, tour an acclaimed local salmon hatchery, boat to tour the Lopez shellfish hatchery, and engage in inspiring educational activities focused on the incredible bounty of the Salish Sea marine food system, ending with a spectacular Taste of the Salish Sea.
The festival is the first of its kind, bringing together seafood lovers with engaging speakers and panels on salmon conservation, tribal and local traditions, history and challenges of shellfish and seafood production in San Juan County. This is a chance to learn about the sustainability, unique tastes and production of the bounty of the Salish Sea.
Admission Information: Varies - $25 per person, with option for tours. Taste of the Salish Sea, $10 per person plus Taste tickets.

INFORMATION: Website: http://www.salishseafest.eventbrite.com.



Sports on Orcas Island
Upcoming Orcas Island High School Sports Schedule (home games)

Tuesday, September 27 @ 3 pm. Boys Soccer vs. La Conner
Thursday, September 29 @ 4 pm. Girls soccer vs. Concrete
Thursday, September 29 @ 5:30 pm. Volleyball vs. Mount Vernon-FR
Saturday, October 8 @ 1:30 pm. Football vs. Darrington

Don't forget to check the Northwest High School sports website for more info.


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Announcements
 

FINAL WEEK OF SCHEDULED KAYAK TOURS
(10:00 am & 2:00 pm, daily through Sunday, October 2) 
Our last scheduled kayak tours of the season will be Sunday, October 2, at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm at Deer Harbor Marina. We may be able to continue offering tours later in October if weather cooperates. Reservations will be available by phone within a week of the desired date. If we add trips, they will be available to book online, as well. It has been a super summer on the water. Have an awesome autumn!

INFORMATION: 360-376-4699 or shearwaterkayaks.com.


ORCAS ISLAND BLOOD DRIVE
(Thursday, September 29, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm @ the Eastsound Fire Station in Eastsound) 
Thanks to all who have participated this summer, we have surpassed our benchmarks due to the many repeat donors here on Orcas, and some newcomers as well. And thanks also to the volunteers of the Lions Club with assistance of the the Kiwanis and their friends and, of course, the Fire Department who opens up their space for us to use.
Don't forget to schedule an appointment if you have a limited time frame for your donation. To schedule an appointment, please, click here  or call 1-800-398-7888. Later times for walk-ins are less crowded.  Please, bring photo ID to the blood drive.  Sponsored by the Orcas Island Lions Club.  
We honored Marlyn Myers last time and would like to know your story if you'd like to tell it.

INFORMATION: Contact Leif @ orcasblooddrive@gmail.com.



NOVEMBER 8: GENERAL ELECTION AT A GLANCE 
For more information about the General Election, visit sanjuanco.com/167/Elections-Division 
Click here for a PDF that details the following: key dates and deadlines; Federal, State and local ballot measures and races. 
All registered San Juan County voters will receive ballots for this election. In addition to the Presidential race, ballots will include Federal, State and local races. 
There is a total of nine state measures on the ballot that includes six Initiatives, one Senate Joint Resolution, and two Advisory Votes. Note: Orcas Island voters will have a Library District Levy.

 
EVENT, MEETING, WORKSHOP, PARTY, WORK SPACE NEEDED? ALL IS AVAILABLE AT DIVERSITY 
Need a space to hold an event, meeting or workshop? Catered dinner party; artist or nonprofit workshop; personal or private meeting; book club; women's or men's group; poetry, music event or writer's work space... Use our space at Diversity. The 1st time's FREE! Conveniently located in Uptown Eastsound. (##) 
 
INFORMATION: Email diversityonorcas@gmail.com for booking availability.


JOIN WASHINGTON FEDERAL IN FIGHTING HUNGER

(Monday, September 12 - Friday, September 30) 
Join Washington Federal in fighting hunger in our community,and support our non-perishable food drive for our local food bank.  
When? Monday, September 12 - Friday, September 30 
Drop off donations at Washington Federal; food and monetary donations accepted.


ROTARY CLUB MEETING   
(Friday, September 23, 4:30 - 5:30 pm @ the Fire Station in Eastsound)
Note: New Orcas Rotary Meeting Location: the Eastsound Fire Station, 45 Lavender Lane. (Turn left after you enter the main door.)  This week, Matthew Fagin will be speaking on his experience as a Rotary exchange student to Chile.
Visiting Rotarians and anyone interested in learning about Rotary are especially welcome.

INFORMATION: Please, contact Jeanne McPherson for more information at 251-716-9598 or jeanne@mcpherson-wfdev.com.
   
 
9th ANNUAL "SAVOR THE SAN JUANS" DATES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED 
(Thursday, September 22 - Saturday, November 12) 
This year's 9th Annual "Savor the San Juans" dates have been extended beyond October to run from September 22 (the first day of fall) through November 12 in order to include early harvest festivals and the three island film festivals. From wine tasting to harvest dinners, farmers' markets to farm tours, and film festivals to a new Salish Sea Festival, please help us promote our bountiful fall feast for the senses to your guests - and enjoy these special events yourself!  

INFORMATION: Details can be found at www.VisitSanJuans.com/Savor.


WASHINGTON STATE PARKS 2016 FREE DAYS
(Saturday, September 24)
Washington State Parks is offering a "free day" on Saturday, September 24, when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. This means you can park at trailheads or recreation facilities without hanging a Northwest Forest Pass or Discover Pass or paying a park or refuge entrance fee. Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on these days. Thank you for your support!

 INFORMATION: Call Moran State Park at 360-376-2326.


HERITAGE HARVEST FEAST TO BENEFIT ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUMS 
(Saturday, September 24, Reception: 5:30 pm; Feast: 6:30 pm @ Red Rabbit Farm) 
On Saturday, September 24th, you do not want to miss an evening of fine dining and good cheer at Red Rabbit Farm. Bowls and platters are filled with the best Farm to Table items from the bounty of the Fall harvest. One long table is beautifully set inside a timber wood barn. 
Time: This unforgettable evening begins with a reception at 5:30 pm followed by the Harvest Feast at 6:30 pm.
Place: The Feast will take place at Red Rabbit Farm located at 216 Payton Lane with parking in meadow. Please, NO parking on the road. Look for Red Rabbit Farm's sign on Deer Harbor Road.
Tickets: The ticket is $125 per person. This event supports the ongoing stewardship of island history at the Historical Museums and tickets sell out early. The Historical Society wants to thank Christina and Bruce Orchid for their generosity and support of this annual event. Click here for a PDF for this event. 
 
INFORMATION: For reservations, please call the museum at 360-376-4849 or email info@orcasmuseum.org. More information is on the website, www.orcasmuseum.org or on Facebook.com/orcasmuseums.


EDC ENTREPRENEURS TO PARTICIPATE IN "LAUNCH SAN JUAN ISLANDS" COMPETITION 
The EDC invites entrepreneurs to participate in the business plan competition, "Launch San Juan Islands." Entrepreneurs can bring their business ideas to the next level in the second annual EDC Launch San Juan Islands business plan competition, created by the San Juan County Economic Development Council and sponsored by local businesses.
Participants will receive instruction in business planning and marketing, plus follow-up mentoring - and some will win cash prizes to help launch their businesses.
Launch San Juan Islands will start in October 2016 and run through early December 2016.
The cost to participate is $85 (or $65 if registration received prior to September 19.). Deadline to enter: September 25th.  This fee covers direct costs for course materials and events.  

INFORMATION: Please, click here to visit our website for more information, and click here to download a PDF with more detailed information.


2016 ANNUAL GARDENING WORKSHOP 
(Saturday, October 1, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm @ Friday Harbor Middle School)
2016 Annual Gardening Workshop: Secrets of Gardening, coming soon! Saturday, October 1st, Friday Harbor Middle School, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Keynote speaker, biologist and author Thor Hanson, will talk about seeds. Professional horticulturalists and garden enthusiasts will speak on topics ranging from Tomato Magic, to Utilizing Cold Frames in Pacific NW.
Tickets $40 online. $45 at door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2589005

INFORMATION: More information at www.mgfsjc.org.

 
AUDITIONS FOR 2 PERFORMANCES AT ORCAS CENTER 
WHALE OF A SHOW! 
A talent show for kids and families, Directed by Didier Gincig
Performance: September 24, Center Stage
MARY'S WEDDING 
A Drama by Stephen Massicotte, Directed by Robert Hall
Performances: October 13-15 & 20-22, OffCenter Stage
ENCHANTED FOREST CABARET 
Written and Directed by Deborah Sparks
Performances: January 19-21 & 26-28, 2017, OffCenter Stage   

For more detailed information on DATE & TIME, CALL FOR, and WHERE for these various AUDITIONS, click here to download a PDF.

INFORMATION: For more information email sparks@orcascenter.org.

  
LEADERSHIP SAN JUAN ISLANDS PROGRAM 
(Wednesday, October 19, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Upstairs at the Orcas Food Co-op)
2017 marks the 13th year of the Leadership San Juan Islands (LSJI) program, a local leadership training course that helps introduce islanders to the interconnecting "systems" that make up daily life throughout the county. During the sessions, participants meet with current leaders and professionals, discuss and interact over local issues, visit key locations throughout the county and practice valuable facilitation and leadership skills. Join us for a local event below to learn more and see if LSJI is for you.  Click here for a PDF of this event.
You are invited to an Open House on Wednesday, October 19, 5:00 - 7:00 pm; Orcas Food Co-op (Upstairs).

INFORMATION: For More Information Contact: Jennifer Rice, jenniferfayrice@gmail.com, 206-310-7271. Visit us anytime at www.lsji.org.

 
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SECOND HOME OWNERS
As we move from summer to autumn, Orcas Island Concierge and Property Services can assist with your property in seasonal changes. Winter readiness for yard and garden. Cleaning and Trash removal. Planning Home Watch while you are away. Shipping packages. This fall and winter, try our services as your year-round point of contact here on Orcas Island. (###)
Contact:
Tim (360) 472-0330 or Sonia (360) 610-2887
info@orcasislandconcierge.com
www.orcasislandpropertyconcierge.com
www.orcasislandconcierge.com


OMARI BEAUTY BAR'S BACK-TO-SCHOOL SPECIAL
(Appointments can be reserved Monday, September 12th - October 31st)
Express Teen Facial
This customized treatment is designed to address the changing conditions of younger skins. In 45 minutes, clients will experience detoxification, hydration and a fresh, glowing complexion. Home care tips and tricks will also be recommended. (###)

INFORMATION: Visit www.OmariBeautyBar.com or call/text 360-378-7638.
 
   
Restaurant News & Dining Deals
  

WEST SOUND CAFE TAKING A BREAK AS OF OCTOBER 8
(Look for a New Pop-Up in late October)
We will close for the season on Saturday, October 8. Our employees will have a short vacation and Drirul Shamsid-Deen will continue operating a dinner restaurant: a pop up of sorts under his management. Named: "Wintertide at West Sound," which opens Wednesday, October 26  -  Friday, December 23 (9 weeks). Wednesdays - Fridays ONLY.  Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. (#)

 
SAVOR ORCAS, FALL DINNER AT CATKIN CAFE 
(Sunday, October 9 @ Catkin Cafe)
Seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 pm. Prix fixe, three-course menu (vegetarian options), $65 per person. Seating is limited. Call to make a reservation at 360-376-3242 or email catkincafe@gmail.com. Hope to see you there.


CAFE OLGA TO CLOSE IN OCTOBER 
A note from owner Bob Olmsted: "It's with disappointment and sadness that we tell you Café Olga will be closing in mid-October. The building on Urner Street in Eastsound has been sold, and Bev and I have lost our lease. This year marks Café Olga's 35th year on Orcas. Will it reopen in yet another location? We don't know, but we hope so. The Journey Continues." (#)


THE BARNACLE IS NOW OPEN 
The Barnacle in now open! Come on by and meet the new team, there are a few classics around, too.
Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm-ish
Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm - 1:00 am-ish  (#)


NEW HOURS FOR ROSES CAFE (JUST THE CAFE)
Roses Cafe (just the cafe) will be closed on Mondays temporarily.
The bakery/store with be open as usual Monday through Saturday.  We will have a few varieties of sandwiches ready to go in the store. (#) 


NEW HOURS FOR THE NEW LEAF
Well, it's fall (or close enough, anyway) and the New Leaf is changing our hours to reflect the season.
Breakfast: Friday & Monday, 8:00 am - 11:30 am; Saturday & Sunday 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
Dinner: Thursday - Monday, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lounge: Thursday - Monday, 5:00 pm to close; (lounge seating for our guests 18 and over).
We will be offering a Happy Hour in the lounge from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, consisting of truffle fries, Caesar salad, and French onion soup at discounted prices. Also, in the lounge only, we will offer discounted beer and wine all evening long.
Closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.
We are staying open a little later into the fall this year! The New Leaf Cafe will be open for Thanksgiving!  (##)

INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-2200 for information and reservations.


HAPPY HOUR AT THE MADRONA
Happy Hour at The Madrona!
Monday - Friday: 3:00 - 6:00 pm & ALL DAY Sunday!
Join us for yummy small plates and discounted drinks! (##)
 

THE MANSION RESTAURANT - FALL HOURS
Breakfast: 8:00 am-11:00 am, daily
Lunch: 12:00 pm-3:00 pm, daily
Dinner: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm (##) 
 
 
NEW HOURS AT THE DEER HARBOR INN RESTAURANT
Open for dinner daily from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. (##)
 
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-1040 for reservations.


NEWS FROM THE KITCHEN
We are getting really close to opening - just a few details to go. But in the meantime, we could sure use your business, and we know you are missing the food!
NEW TAKEOUT LUNCH SPECIAL: Give a 24-hour notice, and we will deliver lunch for 12 or more anywhere on Orcas! As long as you give us 24 hours, and we are not already booked, you will get the Kitchen goodness you've been missing, delivered! Just shoot us an email here: thekitchen.orcas@gmail.com.
Our catering menu for private parties or special events are on line at http://www.thekitchenorcas.com/catering-menu/. We would love to hear from you about your event! (##) 


DOE BAY CAFE'S NEW FALL HOURS
Thursday: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Open mic/food theme nights)
Friday through Monday:
Brunch 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
We always recommend guests make reservations 
for dinner at the cafe. Our number for reservations is 360-376-8059.  

Continuing Restaurant Entertainment & Events 


Random Howse EVENTS AT RANDOM HOWSE THIS WEEK

Wednesdays: Open Mic, starting around 7:00 pm
Thursday, 9/22:
Dinner only on Thursday.  Thai menu of course both days from 5:00 - 8:30 pm. Call 360-376-1111 for reservations or to-go orders.
We will be CLOSED September 23 & 24 for a private event.
Next week sneak peek:  
Wednesday, 9/28:
Open Mic
Saturday, October 1:
Techno dance celebrating Mark O'Neil's wedding, open to the public, 9:00 pm, 21 +

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-1111 or visit Randomhowse.com or facebook.com/randomhowse


OPEN MIC AT THE LOWER TAVERN
(Tuesdays at 9:00 pm)
Serving up pub fare, great beer, and good times. Stop by for a delicious meal, or just a drink, with us today!

INFORMATION: Call 360-317-4848.



Random Howse
OPEN MIC AT RANDOM HOWSE
(Wednesdays at 7:00 pm)
Come to Open Mic at Random Howse for music, poetry and stories.  We have a piano for you pianists!

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-1111 or visit www.randomhowse.com, www.facebook.com/randomhowse

 

OPEN MIC NIGHT AT THE DOE BAY CAFE WITH HOST SEAN TOWNSEND 
(Thursday Evenings - Sponsoring Orcas Island Friends of Moran in September) 
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. The Café is open from 5-10 pm and Open Mic begins at 7:30 pm. Come out and support Friends of Moran! Each Thursday in September, Doe Bay Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each entree sold to Friends of Moran. Great food, music and a fantastic cause!  This week our host is Sean Townsend.
 
INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-8059. 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS AT DOE BAY: WORKSHOP AND GARAGE SALE   
(Saturday, September 24, 2:30-4:30 pm in the Doe Bay Yoga Studio)
Workshop: "Nourishing our Relationships with a Mindful Heart" with Richard and Teresa Johnson: A workshop to explore and experience ways to cultivate a richer relationship with self and others through mindfulness.
Donations are accepted 
(Saturday, September 24 - Sunday, September 25)
Garage sale: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm @ 23 Easy Street, Olga 

   
MARTINIS & JAZZ 
EVERY THURSDAY, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Moran Lounge 
Join us on Thursdays for a throwback evening of hand-crafted martinis and live jazz with Martin Lund.

INFORMATION: 360-376-2222.
 

KARAOKE @ THE LOWER TAVERN
(Fridays @ 9:30 pm) 
Karaoke! You know you want to check it out!
 
INFORMATION: 360-376-4848. 


MUSIC IN THE MORAN LOUNGE AT ROSARIO 
(Saturdays at 6:00 - 9:00 pm) 
"Music in the Moran Lounge" with Guitarist Gene Nery
EVERY SATURDAY, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, in the Moran Lounge
   
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222.

 



Classes & Seminars 


COMMUNITY DANCE CLASS: THE EAST COAST SWING
(Monday, October 3, 7:00 - 9:00 pm @ the Odd Fellows Hall)
Local instructors are again offering their community dance class on Monday, Oct 3, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Odd Fellows Hall.  We will be offering another session of East Coast Swing. We will review previous steps and add new ones. Instruction will begin promptly at 7:00 pm followed by dancing at 8:00 pm.  The classes are free and no partner is needed. Learn to dance which is good for your health, well being and ability to relate to others. Come out and enjoy yourself while learning or improving your knowledge of dance.

INFORMATION: For further information call Bill at 360-376-8857 or Jean at 360-376-6549


BEGINNING UKULELE CLASS 
(Tuesdays, October 4 - November 1, 4:30 - 5:30 pm @ the Senior Center) 
Always wanted to learn how to play the ukulele? This class is for you! Explore the basics of chord formation, strumming and finger-picking. Start with simple folk songs and move into whatever you love to sing! We will get going quickly on this fun and social instrument, working both as a group and individually so people can go at their own pace.  The class will culminate in a short set at the Seniors Have Talent Shows on November 5 and November 12, which is optional, though encouraged.
Classes will be held at the Senior Center on Tuesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, and Nov. 1 for a total of five classes. Class fee is $75 for non-members, $25 for members. Bring your ukulele. Thanks to the generosity of Four Winds Camp we have several loaner instruments available for students who do not have their own. Class taught by Carolyn Cruso.

INFORMATION: Pre-register in person at the Senior Center or call 360-376-2677.


FALL AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS AT THE FUNHOUSE 
Here's what's happening at the Funhouse this fall!
All afterschool program classes and clubs take place from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Some require pre-registration to participate. 
Here are but a few of the programs: Sewing Club, Orcas Park & Rec Mad Scientist Club, Robotics Club, Art Club, Orcas Park & Rec Art with Lana, Fiber Arts, Orcas Park & Rec Pokémon Club, Homework Club, Jr. Staff, College Counseling, Music Together, Get Real!, Intergenerational Game Day, and more!   
We value your membership and appreciate your support! See you after school!

INFORMATION: Click here for a PDF poster with more details about these programs.


FALL ART AND WINE NIGHTS AT DIVERSITY 
Diversity presents Fall Art and Wine Nights!  
Acrylic, Watercolor and Collage, are just a few of the classes you can look forward to attending.
Updated Calendar of Events: 
September 15 & 29: Acrylic Expressionism with Daniel Veirthaler
September 28: Collage Night with Sarah Shaefer. 6 person minimum by Reservation. Round up your friends, spouse, or come solo. These nights are surely bound for a good time. Click here for a PDF poster.

INFORMATION: Please, inquire at diversityonorcas@gmail.com for the schedule of classes.

 
THE EDC TO OFFER "BOARDS IN GEAR" WORKSHOP
 (San Juan Island: Wednesday, October 5, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm @ Brickworks in Friday Harbor)
The San Juan County Economic Development Council and the San Juan Island Community Foundation have partnered with Washington Nonprofits and the Washington Secretary of State to offer workshops on excellent board practices. Click here for more details.
Advance registration and payment required; brown bag lunch recommended.
Please, click here to register.


EDC ENTREPRENEURS TO PARTICIPATE IN "LAUNCH SAN JUAN ISLANDS" COMPETITION  
The EDC invites entrepreneurs to participate in the business plan competition, "Launch San Juan Islands." Entrepreneurs can bring their business ideas to the next level in the second annual EDC Launch San Juan Islands business plan competition, created by the San Juan County Economic Development Council and sponsored by local businesses.
Participants will receive instruction in business planning and marketing, plus follow-up mentoring - and some will win cash prizes to help launch their businesses.
Launch San Juan Islands will start in October 2016 and run through early December 2016.
The cost to participate is $85. Deadline to enter: September 25.  This fee covers direct costs for course materials and events.  

INFORMATION: Please, click here to visit our website for more information, and click here to download a PDF with more detailed information.


FABULOUS FERMENTATION WITH REGINA ZWILLING
(Sunday, October 2 @ the Orcas Food Co-op)
Join us October 2nd to learn about the surprising ways that fermentation can improve your life! Regina will touch on the history, various methods and many health benefits of fermentation. Participants will get hands-on experience in     fermentation and take home a jar of sauerkraut made during the workshop. Space is limited. Register today at the Co-op to save your spot! $18 Co-op Owners, $25 for the public.  Click here for a PDF with more details of this class.


CLASSES AT ORCAS MANDALA STUDIO 
"Turning Inward ~ Finding Balance Between Effort and Ease" Fall Yoga Immersion with Suzi Zobrist
Join Suzi in this Yoga Immersion designed to cultivate deep rest as we transition into Autumn. This 5-day Yoga Immersion will focus on processes for turning inwards; resting and deeply restoring our physical health, building immunity and reconnecting with what truly sustains us on deeper levels. We will explore how to establish healthy rhythms and routines that support us to care for ourselves, our relationships and that provide a solid grounding for skillful, inspired living. 
Each class will begin with chanting & meditation. Move through a flowing SATYA floor series into a dynamic alignment-based yoga practice, followed by deeply restorative postures and a long Savasana.  
IMMERSION: $90 for all 5 classes or $24 per class.

Yoga Basics 5-week Series with Christine Comito 
Thursdays, October 6, 13, 27, November 3, 10 (No Class 10/20); 11:00 am - 12:15 pm 
Starting a yoga practice is exciting but can be intimidating & overwhelming. Yoga Basics is a wonderful opportunity to begin your yoga practice over the course of 5 weeks. Each time we step onto the mat, we are all beginners. During this series we will breakdown foundational poses and breathe deeply together. This is a wonderful way to prepare yourself for stepping into any and all of our group classes at Orcas Mandala. 
This class is recommended for new students as well as students that are interested in revisiting the basic alignment, breath and sequencing of a well rounded practice. 
Open to all levels. 
SERIES ~ $70/5 Classes or current class card

KIDS YOGA 4-WEEK SERIES with Susie Frank 
Mondays, October 3, 10, 17, 24; 3:30 - 4:15 pm 
This 4-class Yoga Series for Kids offers the fundamentals of basic yoga poses and easy breath work through games, pose sharing, and specific instruction. This class is for children who want to learn the poses, stretch and move, and experience quieting the body- all while having fun! Ages 7-10 with the option of contacting Instructor for different ages. 
SERIES ~ $30/4 Classes OR $10 Drop-In

INFORMATION: Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio, info@orcasmandala.com; 360-298-0218.


Continuing Art & Museum Shows
 

ART EXHIBITS @ ORCAS CENTER  
FRIENERGY: THE JOY OF FRIENDS MAKING ART TOGETHER
JoEllen Moldoff, BJ Arnold and Michelle Reed in the Gallery
(September 2 - October 4 @ Orcas Center)
Orcas Center will feature the work of three local artists, BJ Arnold,  JoEllen Moldoff, and Michelle Reed from September 2 - October 4 in the lobby of the Center.  In addition to this show, On-And-Off The Wall by artists in the community will be exhibited in the Madrona Room.  Everyone is invited to the opening reception to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments and conversation.
BJ,  JoEllen and Michelle show their work at Mia's Café in Eastsound.  Paintings of BJ and JoEllen have been exhibited in the San Juan Islands Museum of Art. All three artists have exhibited their work at the Palm Springs Art Museum. BJ is a member of the Orcas Island Artworks in Olga. 
On and Off  the Wall in the Madrona room  
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am-5:00pm
 
  
THIS MONTH'S ARTIST AT WASHINGTON FEDERAL: CARLA STANLEY
(New art every month) 
Washington Federal is pleased to present the Artist of the Month for September, Carla Stanley. From coloring books & puzzles to hanging sculptures, Carla's show titled, "Carla's Stuff": Thoughts Made Realish by Carla Stanley, is a must see!  Join us through September to enjoy Carla's unique and fun collection of mixed media pieces. Our doors are open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

    
THE LAMBIEL (ART) MUSEUM
(Open by appointment only)
A discerning private collection of works by San Juan Islands' artists. Guided tours of the Museum and its grounds are available only by appointment.

INFORMATION:  Call 360-376-4544

 
ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Pioneer Museum's Summer Hours: May 14 - September 30
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm & Sunday: 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm
The Museum office is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm. Tours can be arranged by appointment. Gift shop and book store featuring items for all ages.

INFORMATION: Visit our website at www.orcasmuseums.org

 
NEW SCULPTURE GARDEN AT ARTWORKS 
The Orcas Island Artworks presents works by BJ Arnold, Dave Haslett, Todd Spalti and Pete Welty in our brand new sculpture garden on the porch and west lawn. The Artworks is Orcas Island's cooperative gallery, featuring over 45 island artists and craftspeople. Open daily 10:00 - 5:00 pm in Olga.

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4408.


MORAN MANSION MUSEUM TOURS
(Open Daily 9 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 at 360-376-2152, ext. 300.
 
Public Meetings on Orcas Island

 
San Juan County's public meeting list is found here.
 
 
Wednesday, October 5 (5:00 pm). San Juan County Cemetery District #3 (Library) Meets first Wednesday of the month.

Thursday, October 6  (3:00 pm). Eastsound Planning Review Committee (Eastsound Fire Station) Meets first Thursday of the month.  
Thursday, October 13 (4:00 - 6:00 pm). Orcas Island Park & Recreation District 
(Eastsound Fire Station) Meets second Thursday of the month. 

Thursday, October 13 (6:00 pm). Port of Orcas Commissioners (Airport conference room) Meets second Thursday of the month. Call 360-376-5285 for more information.
 
Tuesday, October 11  (8:30 am). Orcas Island Public Library Board (Library Meeting Room) Call 360-376-4985 for more information. Meets the second Tuesday of the month.  
 
Tuesday, October 11 (3:30 pm). The Friends of the Orcas Island Library Board meeting, Meets every second Tuesday of the month at 3:30. For more information, please, visit our website .
 

Wednesday, October 12 (1:30 - 3:30 pm).  Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee (Deer Harbor Community Center) Call 360-376-3199 for more info. Public is welcome. Meets the second Wednesday of the month. 

 
 

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

 

Lisa Boyd, Staff

Celia Farr-Smith, Staff 

 

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce 

  

Chamber Signature Box 

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 252, 65 North Beach Road, Eastsound, WA 98245
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