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Events This Week & Beyond
MOVIE OF THE WEEK AT SEA VIEW THEATRE: Logan
(Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm)
In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when he meets a young mutant (Dafne Keen) who is very much like him. Rated R. Science fiction film/Drama film.
INFORMATION: Call the Sea View Theatre at 360-376-5724, located at 234 A Street, Eastsound
CLIMATE MONOLOGUES @ ORCAS CENTER
(Saturday, April 22, 7:30 pm Center Stage) Sharon Abreu brings to life onstage the stories of real people in the U.S. and around the world already impacted by the effects of climate change and people working to meet and transcend this major global challenge. Their stories are communicated through their own words and through original songs that complement the stories.
Sharon Abreu will offer a workshop to empower people to use their voices, literally and figuratively. Workshop is on Center Stage from 5:30 to 6:30 and is free for ticket holders for "Climate Monologues."
Workshop only $10
Tickets: $10 (includes workshop)
$5 Subsidized. Tickets available at the Box Office
GREAT ISLANDS CLEAN-UP ON EARTH DAY
(Saturday, April 22, 9 - 12 pm)
It is time for the 2017 Great Islands Clean-Up, the annual county-wide greening event where volunteers collect litter from public beaches and roadways. Want to help on Orcas Island? Please participate and check in at the following location of your choice by 9am. We will provide safety gear and supplies. Deer Harbor: Deer Harbor Community CenterEastsound: The Village GreenOlga: Olga Community Club ParkOrcas Village: Orcas Hotel
Be sure to also invite your Orcas Island friends to the Facebook event!
1st ANNUAL 'SAFE ON THE ROCKS 5K'
(Saturday, April 22, 8:00 pm, Orcas Athletics)
Join SAFE San Juans for our 1st annual SAFE on the Rocks 5k in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month! This twilight fun run will feature glow sticks, glow paint, a post-race party with music, food, raffle lottery tickets, family-friendly activities, and much more! Even if you want to walk the route or just come for the festivities starting at 8:00 pm, SAFE on the Rocks will have something fun for everyone.
Races kick off at 8:00 pm, with race staging starting at 7:00 pm and the post-race family fun at 8:30 pm! Race entry is $25. All racers will receive a t-shirt, completion medal, and other cool giveaways! Headlamps are required for participation and will be available for rent for a minimum donation of $5.00, if you do not have your own.
INFORMATION: contact your local SAFE San Juan Office by calling 360-376-5979 or email email@example.com
ORCAS ADVENTURES: BILL YARLOTT YOUTH DERBY
(Saturday, April 22, Cascade Lake @ Moran State Park)
Orcas Adventures is starting our season with opening day of fishing season! Last year we acquired the "Bill Yarlott Youth Derby" from The Friends of Moran which is a free event for children under the age of 15 to get out on the water and enjoy the outdoors and hopefully, catch a fish. This is a non-profit event. Check out a video from last year's event here.
EARTHDAY 'OPEN HOUSE' @ ORCASONG FARM!
(Saturday, April 22, 12 - 5 pm; 280 Dolphin Bay Road)
In honor of the 47th International Earth Day, please join us to celebrate our inaugural 'Open House' of the season! Come learn about our 2017 CSA program and peruse our upcoming workshop and events schedule.The day will include a local key note speaker, garden tours, hands on mini-workshops & farm projects galore. We will also have a "Earth Day Open Mic", activist table, the famous Earth Ball, and tasty treats by donation! All-ages, family friendly. This is a free collaborative event, but donations and volunteer support is gladly welcomed! www.orcasongfarm.org
CAMP ORKILA "ROAR"
(Sunday, April 23, 1 pm @ Camp Orkila)
Our Kids Spring ROAR is a Rogue Obstacle Adventure Race that combines the elements of mud, water, color and obstacles - including a cargo net crawl and at least one massive mud pit! Camp staff and volunteers will monitor the 1.5 mile course. Stick around after the race for camp tours, games and refreshments. This is a family event for kids ages 5-17.* Parents are welcome to join in on the fun at no additional cost. *Kids ages 5-7 must be accompanied on the course by an adult. COST: $10 online; $15 day of - includes a T-shirt!
INFORMATION: Call Camp Orkila at 360.376.2678. Register by phone.
EUGENE ONEGIN @ ORCAS CENTER
(Sunday, April 23, 1:00 pm Live in HD Center Stage)
Anna Netrebko reprises one of her most acclaimed roles as Tatiana, the naïve heroine of Tchaikovsky's opera, adapted from Pushkin's classic novel. Dmitri Hvorostovsky stars as the title character, who rejects Tatiana's love until it's too late. Robin Ticciati, Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, conducts the revival of Deborah Warner's staging, which opened the Met's 2013-14 season. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Onegin's friend-turned-rival, Lenski, with Elena Maximova as Tatiana's sister Olga and Stefan Kocán as Prince Gremin.
Tickets: $20, $15 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members
$5 Subsidized Tickets available at the Box Office
DOE BAY SPONSORED MUSHROOM FORAY
(Monday, April 24, 1:30 PM @ Moran State Park)
Mycologist-author Lawrence Millman will lead a mushroom foray at Moran State Park. Please meet at the gate to the Park at 1:30pm. Also note that the walk will be ecological in other words, it will focus not on edibles, but on the role of particular mushroom species in their respective habitats. $10 donation requested.
INFORMATION: call 360-376-2291
DARVILL'S BOOK SIGNING
(Tuesday, April 25, 4 - 5 pm @ Darvill's Book Store)
Lawrence Millman will join us for an informal talk and to sign copies of his books. Millman is the author of 16 books, including A Kayak Full of Ghosts, Last Places, Lost in the Arctic, Hiking to Siberia, and - most recently - At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic. He was written for Smithsonian, National Geographic, Atlantic Monthly, Outside, and Islands, among other magazines. He is a Fellow of the Explorers Club and an unrepentant neo-Luddite. He keeps a post office box in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
INFORMATION: Darvill's Bookstore 376-2135
DÉJÀ VU CLASSICS @ ORCAS CENTER
(Friday - Saturday, April 28 & 29, 6:30 pm Live in HD Center Stage)
After successive runs of The Nocturnes and Musical Manifestos, the Island Inspiration All-Star Dance Collective is back again with another dazzling, dancing extravaganza. The Deja Vu Classics artfully melds Classical Ballet and Classical Jazz Dance into a wild, whirling and whimsical tapestry of fun family entertainment. Joining the All-Stars in this production are the Shooting Stars from The Little Dance Concert of December led by Tiffany Loney. In this collaboration amongst the Stars, beauty bridges the generation gaps to formulate two wondrous nights to remember.
Tickets: $17, $13 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members $5 Subsidized Tickets available at the Box Office
SCHOOL BOND - NEXT STEPS
(Friday, April 28, 4:30 - 5:30 pm @ Eastsound Fire Station)
Speaker: Superintendent of Schools, Eric Webb, speaking on how the school district will move forward with a new school bond. This special event is open to the public to engage in this important community topic.
(Saturday, April 29, 10 - 3 pm @ Orcas Senior Center)
This annual rummage sale is one of the largest fundraisers of the year. The Orcas Senior Center is surely one of our most vital organizations and with our senior population growing fast we need your help to keep thriving!
The Betty Lundeen Room will be filled with kitchen ware, items for bath and bedroom, sporting goods, pet accessories, games, toys, tools and baskets. Yard and garden items will be displayed in the court yard outside and our halls will be filled with furniture. Crafting supplies including linens for quilting and sewing projects as well as bedroom linens will be displayed in the Conference Room. The estates of at least 3 of our close friends will make this years' event one to be remembered. The "Better Room" will hold valued collectibles, jewelry and accessories.
INFORMATION: call or e-mail Arron Redford at 376-7929 or
ORCAS MONTESSORI SCHOOL ANNUAL AUCTION
(Saturday, April 29th, 6 - 9 pm @ Random Howse)
Don't forget to buy your tickets early at Darvill's Bookstore or The Orcas Montessori School for the Annual Orcas Montessori School Action, Under The Sea Celebration. Enjoy yourself with live entertainment and delicious local cuisine while our host Mark Padbury inspires us to support our local Early Education Program. Here's a sneak preview of some of the auction items featured this year: a grand live edge island grown maple table, made by one of our very own local woodworkers. Camping at Camp Four Winds, wood for your new garden bed boxes. These are just a few of the items you'll find. Come find out what else we have in store for the evening.
INFORMATION: call 360-376-5350
ORCAS CENTER RECEPTION FOR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
(Sunday, April 30, 3 - 5 pm @ Orcas Center)
The Board of Trustees of Orcas Center will host a public reception welcoming Brian Kemp as its new Executive Director to be held in the Madrona Room at the Center. All are welcome to attend and greet Brian at this event.
INFORMATION: call 360-376-2281
ORCAS CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT
(Saturday, May 6, 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 7, 2 pm @ Orcas Center)
Orcas Choral Society celebrates the many kinds of human love in its "Songs from the Heart" spring concert, featuring special guests the Skyros Quartet and Orcas Island's own Martin Lund.
DON'T MISS THE ANNUAL MASTER GARDENERS SPRING PLANT SALE!
(Saturday, May 13, 9 - 12pm, at the Mullis Center, 589 Nash St., Friday Harbor)
Hundreds of organic vegetable starts and perennials, lovingly grown and nurtured by San Juan County Master Gardeners, will be on sale in time for Mother's Day! Look for tomatoes, squashes, cucumbers, and peppers - all returning favorites!
Perennials include groundcovers, flowers, ornamental grasses, small shrubs, and wonderfully unique accent plants. All proceeds from the sale are used to support Master Gardener Program projects such as the Demonstration Garden, where 1,000 pounds of produce were grown for the Food Bank last year.
STATE PARK ANNOUNCES FREE DAY IN APRIL
(Saturday, April 22 @ Moran State Park)
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to celebrate Spring and Earth Day with two free days at state parks in April. On free days, visitors don't need a Discover Pass for day-use visits by vehicle.
Saturday, April 22, is in honor of Earth Day.
The remaining 2017 State Parks free days are as follows:
* June 3 (Saturday) - National Trails Day
* June 10 (Saturday) - National Get Outdoors Day
* 25 (Friday) - National Park Service 101st Birthday
* 30 (Saturday) - National Public Lands Day
* 11 (Saturday) - Veterans Day
* 24 (Friday) - Autumn free day
STATE PARK: MOUNTAIN LAKE CLOSURE
Mountain Lake at Moran State Park will be closed through Sunday, May 14. Vehicles will be restricted from entering the Mountain Lake Day Use Area and campground from Mount Constitution Road. The Mount Constitution road shoulder will not be available for parking, and the boat launch will also be closed. The tower at Mount Constitution is also under construction and will be closed to the public.
FUNHOUSE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION OPEN
The Funhouse Board is developing a transition plan to ensure a smooth shift to our next organizational leader. Anyone interested in applying for the Funhouse Executive Director position (or knows of someone who might), please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Board Vice-President Jim Cook (email@example.com).
WHALE WATCHING AND WILDLIFE TOURS HAVE STARTED
Please contact each tour operator for information about days and times.
Restaurant News & Dining Deals
Welcome new kitchen manager, April Nance. Dinner hours expanded to Tuesdays through Saturdays, 5 - 8 pm (closed Saturday, April 29 for Montessori Auction).
INFORMATION: Reservations and Takeaway Orders, call 360-376-1111
NEW LEAF CAFE
Stop in soon to get your WEEKDAY BREAKFAST PUNCH CARD! Buy ten breakfasts and get two free!
A reminder that the New Leaf Cafe takes Brunch Resvervations Mother's Day, and Father's Day. (4.13/4.20)
THE KITCHEN MENU FOR THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
At The Kitchen this Thursday and Friday, Dungeness and Rock Crab Cakes made with a blend of lemongrass, kefir lime leaf, garlic, ginger and serrano chill. Two cakes are served with The Kitchen vegetables, wide rice noodles and citrus-garlic sauce, $16.50. We have made a Lemongrass soda, which pairs well with this special, $2.
Hours: Mon-Wed 11-5 pm and Thurs-Fri 11-7 pm.
ORCAS HOTEL: PRIME RIB NIGHT
Octavia's Bistro serves Prime Rib each Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:30 pm.
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4300.
(Saturday, April 22, @ Catkin Cafe)
Spring Dinner, 3 courses, $50 per person. Vegetarian options. Reservations recommended.
Continuing Restaurant Entertainment & Events
Tuesdays at 9:00 pm; Lower Tavern
Serving up pub fare, great beer, and good times. Stop by for a delicious meal, or just a drink.
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm; Random Howse
Serving Thai food, Wednesdays, 5:00 - 8:00 pm.
Piano available for you pianists!
Thursdays, 7:30 pm @ Doe Bay Cafe
Sponsoring Orcas Island Community Foundation in April
The Café is open from 5-10 pm and Open Mic begins at 7:30 pm. Come out and support Orcas Island Community Foundation! Each Thursday in April, Doe Bay Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each entree sold to Orcas Island Community Foundation. Great food, music and a fantastic cause! This week our host is Robb Eagle
(Fridays at 9:30 pm; Lower Tavern)
Karaoke! You know you want to check it out!
(Friday, April 21 , 7:30 - 9 pm @ Doe Bay Resort)
Live music in the cafe w/ Seattle's Our Dead Fathers! No cover.
(Friday, April 28, 7:30 - 9 pm)
Live music in the cafe w/ Seattle's Hi Crime! No cover.
INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-8059.
LIVE MUSIC WITH RON MYERS: DEER HARBOR INN
(Fridays and Saturdays, 5:00 pm @ Deer Harbor Restaurant)
The Deer Harbor Inn Restaurant is open on the weekends Friday-Sunday at 5pm. We have live music with Ron Myers at the piano. Also, we have a Fried Chicken special on Sunday nights. (3.30/4.6)
INFORMATION: call 360-376-1040
ROSARIO MUSIC CONCERT AND HISTORICAL NARRATIVE
(Saturdays, 4:00 pm @ Rosario)
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.
THURSDAYS: MARTINIS & MARTIN
(Thursdays at 6:00 pm)
Every Thursday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Moran Lounge
Join us on Thursdays for an evening of hand-crafted cocktails and live music with island favorite Martin Lund.
ROSARIO SATURDAYS: MUSIC IN THE MORAN LOUNGE
(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.
Shop the Rock
ORCAS MANDALA: YOGA CURIOUS?
New Student Special: 3 classes for $20 (for Orcas Island residents ONLY) *offer expires 14 days from purchase of pass* All are welcome and daily classes are all levels. Whether you are just starting out, or looking to deepen your practice, each time we come to our mats, we begin again. Some great classes to begin: Intro to Yoga: Mondays 6:00 - 7:15pm, Slow Yoga Wednesdays 9:00am - 10:30pm, Community Yoga Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:15pm.
INFORMATION: call 360-298-0218 / Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio 138 North Beach Rd
ART OF THE SALISH SEA
The 'Art of the Salish Sea' store in Eastsound is open Thursday to Tuesday, 10 to 4, (closed Wednesdays) until summer. Call if you want to shop and we are closed.
Dock side store "The Sea Shanty" open weekends until the end of May. (4.20/4.27)
INFORMATION: call 360 376-6566
HEALING ARTS CENTER: SPRING HEALING ARTS FAIR
(Saturday and Sunday, May 6 - 7)
Registration is now open at the Healing Arts Center--sign up ASAP to get the appointment you want. Practitioners offer massage/bodywork, acupuncture, health consultations and 2 new workshops (Understanding Your Gut; Sea Salt-Making) at greatly discounted rates, only $50/hour, $30/half-hour, $15 for either class. Proceeds fund the nonprofit group and maintain the historic Eastsound building. (4.20/4.27)
INFORMATION: orcashealingarts.org; phone 360-376-4002 or stop by 453 North Beach Rd., 9-3 M-F to sign up.
ORCAS ISLAND PROPERTY CONCIERGE
This is the time of year when friends and family will be visiting your second home on Orcas Island.
Get a free bag of Local Goods Coffee with the purchase a welcome basket when they arrive, or a trash and re-cycling run after they leave.
Visit our website
for details. (4.13/4.20)
Classes, Seminars & Workshops
EDC OFFERS WORKSHOP ON CASH MANAGEMENT FOR BUSINESS
(Monday, April 24, 1-2 pm @ San Juan Island Library)
Noted Fortune 500 business leader and author Charlie Bodenstab will present the keys to successful business cash management, keeping track of accounts receivable and accounts payable, analysis of cash flow, and much more. This workshop is relevant for startups and established businesses. Free workshop; advance registration is required.
TECH MADE SIMPLE- COMPUTER BASICS
(Tuesday, April 25, 10 - noon @ Orcas Island Library)
This class will cover computer and technical terms made easy including: Storage vs. Memory; Files and folders, where did it go; Understanding the desktop pictures; Helpful tutorials and resources. In this interactive class we will de-mystify the computer world. Build your confidence as you explore the technology that has invaded your life. Tech Made Simple- classes for the 'non-tech savvy'. Offered for free to the community, everyone is welcome. Presented by RockTech Trainers, these interactive classes are fun and informative
ORCAS MONTESSORI SCHOOL HOSTS WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS
( May 10, 5:30-7:00 pm @ Eastsound Firehall)
Workshops are entitled "How Satisfied are you with your Family Conversations?" They are free for parents, grandparents, relatives and any family member over 11.
Free childcare is available at the Montessori School during the session from 5:15-7:15. If you will be using the childcare, you must RSVP to the school one week in advance.
The Ties that Bind! Presented by Mary Anne Owen, retired psychotherapist, will help you learn about family systems, why you are predisposed to behave as you do, and how you might make some changes.
INFORMATION: call 360-376-5350
Continuing Art & Museum Shows
ORCAS ISLAND PIONEER MUSEUM
The Pioneer Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 pm to 4:00 pm or by appointment. Admission is by donation, there is a craft table for children to enjoy, and a great selection of Gift Shop items. 181 North Beach Road, Eastsound
THE ORCAS ISLAND ARTWORKS
We welcome three fabulous new artists: Tim Clark, textiles; Michelle Hamon, ceramics; and Reanna McNeil, cast glass. Open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
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 9:00 am - 9:00 pm daily. The tour is free.
INFORMATION: Call Rosario at 360-376-2152, ext. 300
(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
ART EXHIBITS @ ORCAS CENTER
April Art Exhibit: SCULPTURE
How would you define sculpture? Is it 3-D collage, art works in glass, wood, plastic, paper, metal, ceramic, fabric...? Come and see amazing sculpture the month of April.
Orcas Center Business Office & Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Public Meetings on Orcas Island
San Juan County's public meeting list is found here
Tuesday, May 9 (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, May 9 (3:30 pm). The Friends of the Orcas Island Library Board meeting. Meets every second Tuesday of the month at 3:30 pm. For more information, please, visit our website
Wednesday, May 10 (1:30 - 3:30 pm). Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee (Deer Harbor Fire Station 24 on Channel Road) Call 360-376-3199 for more info. Public is welcome. Meets the second Wednesday of the month.
Thursday, May 11 (4:00 - 6:00 pm). Orcas Island Park & Recreation District
(Eastsound Fire Station) Meets second Thursday of the month.
Thursday, May 11 (6:00 pm). Port of Orcas Commissioners (Airport conference room) Meets second Thursday of the month. Call 360-376-5285 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
Lisa Boyd, Staff
Carol Kulminski, Staff
Barb Buman, Volunteer
Michele Wiley, Volunteer
Madie Murray, Volunteer