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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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Executive Director

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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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Eastsound Vision Meeting for Property Owners 

Eastsound Property Owners: Eastsound Vision Meeting Next Week

Tuesday, December 6, 4:30 pm @ the Senior Center 
 


Are you a property owner in Eastsound? As a continuation of the Eastsound Vision process being conducted by the EPRC there will be a meeting for property owners in the Eastsound core at 4:30 pm, Tuesday, December 6, at the Senior Center.

 Questions? Call the Chamber at 360-376-2273.

 
The Chamber Welcomes a New Member! 

Claire Nollman, owner
 
Dogwood Flower Design is a small-scale flower company grown from the idea that flowers are most beautiful when they are fresh and in season. We offer an elegant variety of floral design styles that always feature island grown blooms from our own garden and other local farmers. We specialize in weddings and offer a weekly flower delivery service for any type of space and occasion. Throughout the blooming season we also have fresh, homegrown bouquets available at our farm stand, located just before the South Turtleback trailhead parking near Deer Harbor. Stop by for flowers and enjoy the view while you're here!

Phone: 360-298-0634
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Cookie Donations Accepted for Friday's Tree Lighting
    
The Chamber is asking you to kindly share your baking skills and provide some home-baked goodies for the Tree Lighting Festivities in Eastsound.

Please, bring your cookies, bars, or treats to the Chamber office during the day (10:00 am - 3:00 pm) or bring them to the event.
 


These festivities will take place on Friday, December 2, on the Village Green at approximately 4:00 pm. Community Band & Santa and Mrs. Claus from 4 pm to 5 pm. Tree Lighting at 5 pm!

Any questions?  Please, call the Chamber at 360-376-2273.
Tree Lighting Festivities in Eastsound!
 
Friday, December 2 on the Village Green

Approximately 4:00 pm - Come share some hot cider and cookies.
 
4 pm to 5 pm - The Community Band plays holiday favorites.
 
4:15 pm - Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive to entertain the little ones.
 
5:00 pm - It's time to light the tree! 

Thank you Orcas Power and Light Cooperative for your volunteer efforts to string the lights!

December 2 - 4: Shop the Rock
Check out sales and special offers at Eastsound business. 


INFORMATION: Contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 360-376-2273

Events This Week & Beyond
 
  
OPEN MIC NIGHT @ THE DOE BAY CAFE WITH HOST BRIDGET O'TOOLE
(Thursday Evenings - Sponsoring The Orcas Choral Society in December) 
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 5:00 - 10:00 pm and Open Mic begins at 7:30 pm. Come out and support The Orcas Choral Society! Each Thursday in December, Doe Bay Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each entree sold to The Orcas Choral Society. Great food, music and a fantastic cause! This week our host is Bridget O'Toole.

INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-8059.    
 
  
MOVIES OF THE WEEK AT SEA VIEW THEATRE: ARRIVAL  
(Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm) 
A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications. Rated PG-13. Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

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


EDC PRESENTS DATAPALOOZA!
(Friday, December 2, from 11 am - 1 pm @ the Emmanuel Episcopal Church)
A statistics and demographics event for San Juan County
Need more data and information to make knowledgeable decisions about your business or as a community legislator or leader?   Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for their first-ever Datapalooza! event, two hours of in-depth data and analysis of our economy and demographics, plus lunch and conversation. 
Details: Tickets are $19 and advance payment is required.  Please visit www.sanjuansedc.org/datapalooza to reserve your space. For questions, please call (360) 378-2906 or email: info@sanjuansedc.org. Download poster here.


ORCAS VIKING BASKETBALL TIP-OFF FRIDAY
(Multiple games beginning at 4 pm)
2017 basketball Orcas Viking Basketball tips off the 2016/2017 season Friday!  Come check out the Vikings as they take on Bush Academy.  JV plays at 4:00.  Girls Varsity at 5:30 and Boys Varsity at 7:00.

Concessions will be open throughout the Varsity games, so come enjoy dinner and root the Vikings on to victory!




HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES AT THE PIONEER MUSEUM 
(Friday, December 2, 3:00 - 5:00 pm @ the Pioneer Museum)
Join in the holiday festivities at the Pioneer Museum! We are joining in the Chamber of Commerce Eastsound Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting. The Boede Cabin will be decorated in vintage Christmas decorations. There will be crafts for children, making paper chains and writing letters to Santa.  Tours are available and the gift shop will be open.
This is a free community event. It is a great time to visit your local museum and experience Christmas from the past. Come kick-off your holiday season at the Pioneer Museum!

INFORMATION: Visit www.orcasmuseums.org or call 360-376-4849.


CELTIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT 
(Friday, December 2, & Saturday, December 3, 7:00 pm @ Orcas Island Community Church) 
The community is once again invited to attend our annual "Celtic Christmas" concert at Orcas Island Community Church, held on December 2 and 3, at 7:00 pm. The concert will feature the returning contemporary Celtic music trio, Windham Hill/ArkMusic recording artists Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning and Wendy Goodwin, joined by guest musicians Eric Miller and Brian Moss. The concert is free, and donations are welcome.  
To attend, please register by clicking here.  


SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO DEER HARBOR! 
(Saturday, December 3, 10:00 am @ Deer Harbor Marina) 
Greet Santa at the Deer Harbor Marina when his ship arrives at 10:00 am, Saturday morning, December 3. Santa will go on to the Deer Harbor Community Club where there will be a chance to visit with Santa and receive a gift. Cookies and hot cider will be served.  Everyone is welcome! Come join the festivities!


FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY HOLIDAY TEA            
(Saturday, December 3, 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm) 
Our Holiday Tea will be held Saturday, December 3, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm.  Please plan to come and to let the Library or a member of the Friends' Board (Listed on the Library website) know if you can (please) bring a plate of cookies or crustless sandwiches for the event. 


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

INFORMATION: Call Rosario at 360-376-2152, ext. 300
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THE REVELERS @ ORCAS CENTER 
(Saturday, December 3, 7:30 pm Center Stage - One night only!)
The Revelers have taken their music coast to coast in the U.S. and around the world from Ireland to Denmark, and back to their own Black Pot Festival in Lafayette, Louisiana. Now Orcas Center is amped to bring The Revelers to our island for the first time to share their musical culture with us. As individuals, each of The Revelers are in high demand having performed and recorded with T-Bone Burnett, Natalie Merchant, and Linda Ronstadt, to name a few.
Tickets: $27, $19 students, $6 off for Orcas Center members
$5 subsidized tickets available in the Box Office
www.orcascenter.org                                                                                                             
INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1.


FIRST SUNDAYS VEGGIE POTLUCK & MOVIE 
(Sunday, December 4, 6:00 pm at Odd Fellows Hall)
Come join a monthly potluck and movie with people celebrating a compassionate, healthy, and sustainable plant-based diet lifestyle.  While the potlucks feature 100% plant-based dishes, everyone is welcome to attend, whether veg-curious, vegetarian, or vegan.  This month's movie is Before the Flood, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio on the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet.  Please sign up and see what to bring by clicking here or call Lili 360-376-3443.


OPEN HOUSE MEMBERSHIP KICKOFF @ ORCAS CENTER 
(Monday, December 5, 5:00 pm, Center Stage, Madrona Room & Lobby Gallery)
Come one and all to our free Open House Membership Kickoff event!
Watch 30 years of  Orcas Center productions on our HD screen, thumb through old scrapbooks, enjoy refreshments and mingle with your friends and neighbors. See you there!
www.orcascenter.org                                                                                                             
INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1.


EASTSOUND VISION MEETING FOR PROPERTY OWNERS
(Tuesday, December 6 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm @ Senior Center)
Are you a property owner in Eastsound? As a continuation of the Eastsound Vision process being conducted by the EPRC there will be a meeting for property owners in the Eastsound core at 4:30 pm Tuesday, December 6, at the Senior Center.
 
Questions? Call the Chamber at 376-2273


LEAVES OF GOLD CONCERT AND RECEPTION: A BACH CELEBRATION 
(Thursday, December 8, 6:00 pm @ the Rosario Mansion)
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is very pleased to present its annual Leaves of Gold concert on Thursday, December 8, at 6:00 pm. A Bach Celebration! will feature the music of J.S. Bach, the composer Beethoven called the "Immortal God of Harmony."
     The historic pipe organ in the Music Room at the Rosario mansion will be tuned up and ready to add a big, dramatic thrill to this year's Leaves of Gold concert. The sweet sounds of two violins and the Music Room's 1900 Steinway grand piano will also be part of this lovely evening of J.S. Bach and other composers.
     A reception will follow in the Mansion Dining Room. Enjoy a wonderful buffet with hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and wine, prepared by Rosario's executive chef Raymond Southern and his staff.
Tickets are $150 ($75 is tax deductible). To reserve your seat, email info@oicmf.org or call 360-376-6636.


WAR HORSE @ ORCAS CENTER 
(Thursday, December 8, 7:30 pm Streaming Encore Center Stage)
The National Theatre's multi-award-winning production of War Horse, seen by over 4 million people worldwide since its premiere at the National Theatre in 2007, will be broadcast to Orcas Center from its home at the New London Theatre in the West End as part of the National Theatre Live Encore series. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo,  A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.
Tickets: $20, $15 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members; $5 Subsidized Tickets available at the Box Office www.orcascenter.org                                                                                                             
INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1.


UPCOMING SHOWS AT DOE BAY 
Friday, December 9: Live music in the cafe with Seattle's Faint Peter! 7:30 - 9:00 pm. No cover. Reservations recommended. 
Saturday, December 10: Live music in the yoga studio with Gems! Seattle's Barry Sebastian & The Deep Blue guest star! 7:30 - 10:00 pm. 
No cover.  
 
INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-8059.


ROSARIO RESORT TO HOST 6th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES 
Holiday Open House: Friday, December 9 - Sunday, December 11, 12:00 noon - 8:00 pm each day
Christmas trees return to light up the Moran Mansion at Rosario Resort and Spa during the month of December, decorated by seven local non-profit organizations. Sponsored by the resort, the Festival of Trees is designed to be a fundraiser during this holiday season for participating organizations.
   The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite tree by purchasing votes at $1 per ticket throughout the entire month of December.  The Moran Mansion is open daily from 8:00 am - 9:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased at the Front Desk of Rosario before touring the tree display.
   A special Holiday Open House will be held on Friday, December 9, through Sunday, December 11, 12:00 noon - 8:00 pm each day -- with complimentary hot apple cider and cookies available.

INFORMATION: Click here for a PDF with more details.


DEER HARBOR CHRISTMAS POTLUCK  & HOLIDAY CAROL SING-ALONG 
(Friday, December 9, 6:30 p.m. at Deer Harbor Community Club) 
Please join us for our Christmas Potluck! Patty Johnson is returning this year to accompany our Christmas carol sing along. Bring a dish to share, your place setting, and beverage. See you there!     


HOLIDAY PARTY AT ARTWORKS AND CATKIN CAFE 
(Saturday, December 10, 4:00 - 7:00 pm)
Everyone is cordially invited to the Orcas Island Artworks and Catkin Cafe HOLIDAY PARTY on Saturday, December 10, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm for refreshments, live music, and good cheer! Admission is free. 360-376-4408


ORCAS CHORAL SOCIETY AT ORCAS CENTER 
(Saturday, December 10, 7:30 pm &
Sunday, December 11, 2:00 pm, On Center Stage @ Orcas Center)

Deck the Halls: A Holiday Tapestry of Favorites Old and New
Join Orcas Choral Society as we weave a tapestry of holiday magic in song. Old treasures and new favorites. A program of delight for all ages!
Tickets: $15, students $5 
 

INTERNATIONAL LIONS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHIP ARRIVING ORCAS FERRY LANDING 
(Sunday, December 11, 11:30 am @ the Orcas Ferry Landing)
The Orcas Island Lions club announces the arrival of the International Lions Annual Christmas Ship on December 11, at 11:30am at the Orcas Ferry Landing. The ship will only stay for about 45 minutes, so arrive on time so you don't miss the fun.      Refreshments will once again be provided by the Orcas Village Store. Parking, always a problem at the landing, will be available in the upper ferry lot, at the Post Office and along the road, but as always arrive early to get a spot.
   The Orcas Lions Club would like to thank the community for its support during the year, which allows us to bring the ship to island as well as assisting in other community activities. We especially want to thank the Russells for their support in providing refreshment for all those that come to meet the ship.
   The Lion's Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday at 12:00 pm at the Senior Center, and we invite you to attend to see what the Lions are all about.
Click here for a PDF detailing more information about this event.

INFORMATION: For more information about the Lions, what we do, how you can help, or how to become a member, contact us at 1-888-698-6607 or email OrcasIslandLions@aol.com.
 

WARM YOUR HEART AND CELEBRATE THE SEASON 
(Sunday, December 11, 3:30 pm in the Indralaya Library)
Deep Singing with Helen Bee
Sing sacred songs together in community. Stay for refreshments after program.
Location: Indralaya, 360 Indralaya Road

INFORMATION: Please call 360-376-4526 or email office@indralaya.org.


SEADOC SOCIETY MARINE SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES: FREE DINNER AND LECTURE 
(Tuesday, December 13, 6:00 - 7:00 pm @ Camp Orkila)
Lecture: Urban Stormwater Affect on Salmon
Urban Stormwater is Family Night!  
Nat Scholz of NOAA discusses urban stormwater's affect on salmon as part of the Marine Science Lecture Series.
Free dinner starts at 6:00 pm; the talk is at 7:00 pm.
Sponsored by: The Averna family (Deer Harbor Charters), Barbara Bentley and Glenn Prestwich, Barbara Brown, Audrey and Dean Stupke, West Sound Marina, Inc., and Martha Wychoff in honor of Lee Rolfe.


THE NUTCRACKER AT ORCAS CENTER 
(Wednesday, December 14, 6:30 pm On Screen Center Stage)
On Christmas Eve, Marie's wooden nutcracker doll transforms into a beautiful prince who takes her on a magical journey. Before they leave, they must confront the Mouse King whose army is threatening Marie. Christmas would not be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her Nutcracker prince! Danced by the Bolshoi's principals, E.T.A. Hoffmann's fairytale staged by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season.
Tickets: $20, $15 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members; $5 Subsidized Tickets available at the Box Office www.orcascenter.org                                                                                                             
INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1

 
NO MAN'S LAND AT ORCAS CENTER 
(Thursday, December 15, 7:30 pm, Streaming Live Center Stage)
Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham's Theatre, London. One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby.  As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, don't miss this glorious revival of Pinter's comic classic. The broadcast will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the cast and director Sean Mathias.
Tickets: $20, $15 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members; $5 Subsidized Tickets available at the Box Office
www.orcascenter.org                                                                                                             
INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1


SUSAN OSBORN'S 26th ANNUAL VICTORIAN VALLEY CHAPEL CHRISTMAS CONCERTS 
(Thursday, December 22 - Saturday, December 24, 7:30 pm. & Saturday afternoon, December 24, 4:00 pm @ Victorian Valley Chapel)
We're goin' to the Chapel at Christmas time, again, for an intimate musical celebration of Christmas and the season. December 22, 23, and 24 at 7:30 pm, with an additional afternoon concert on December 24 at 4:00 pm.  Please join Susan and Friends, Melody Funk and David Densmore for an evening of favorite Christmas and original songs and hot cider out under the stars.
Tickets are $15, children 12 and under are free. They are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets online and at Siren Boutique in Eastsound.  Let's gather in the true spirit of this season of Love and the returning of the light.


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Announcements
    

ORCAS ISLAND FOOD BANK NEEDS YOUR HELP 
Make A Year-end Monetary Contribution Now
In order for the Orcas Island Food Bank to continue its amazing service to our community in need, it needs you!  
Donate online through the Orcas Island Community Foundation 
Send a check payable to OIFB to PO Box 424, Eastsound 98245 
Fill up a donation jar at Ray's Pharmacy! 
Click here to donate. 


ADVERTISE IN "WEDDINGS IN THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS"
The Islands' Sounder, Journal of the San Juans and Islands' Weekly are again partnering with the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau to print the 2017 Weddings in the San Juans guide. All visitors bureau members receive a free listing but we encourage business owners to take out larger advertisements as well. The guide will be distributed at the Seattle and Portland wedding shows at the SJIVB booth. 

INFORMATION: Email Colleen Armstrong at the Sounder (CLICK HERE)(carmstrong@soundpublishing)


THANK YOU FROM THE ORCAS SENIOR CENTER 
On behalf of the Senior Center, and the seniors who depend on the Senior Center services, we wish to thank you for participating in this year's Holiday Festival of Arts. The vendors, musicians, and volunteers all gave generously of their time and talents to make this year's event such a success.
With your help we were able to raise over $4,000 to support our Senior Center. These contributions will enable us to continue to provide the essential services and support that are so needed in our Orcas Island community. We are deeply grateful for your generosity and we look forward to working with you again in 2017!


ORCAS ROTARY CLUB MEETING 
(Friday, December 2, 4:30 - 5:30 pm @ Eastsound Fire Station; 
Optional after meeting fellowship at the Barnacle)
Topic & Speaker: TBA
Optional continued discussion will take place at The Barnacle after the meeting.
Visiting Rotarians and those interested in learning more about Rotary are especially welcome!  

INFORMATION: Please, contact Jeanne McPherson for more information at 251-716-9598 or jeanne@mcpherson-wfdev.com.


GUESS THE NEXT "FLAT PERSON" ON ORCAS 
(Through Monday, December 5) 
Win $ by Guessing OICF's Next "Flat Person"! 
Remember Flat Lance? He was the handsome, full-size, cardboard cut-out of Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce Director Lance Evans who championed the OICF's 2015 GiveOrcas Holiday Catalog. In 2016 we have a NEW FLAT PERSON and you have the opportunity to win $1000 for a local nonprofit in the GiveOrcas catalog if you can guess who it will be! Enter your guess online between November 29 - December 5 (one guess/day please).  
GiveOrcas Catalog available Thursday, December 1 - Thursday, December 22.

INFORMATION: Go to www.oicf.us for more info.

 
HEALTH INSURANCE IN SAN JUAN COUNTY Q & A SESSION 
(Saturday, December 3 @ the offices at 376 Group - 596 Main Street)
Please join Michele Wiley, owner/agent at Madrona Point Insurance, and Harald Schot, health broker, for an informative Q&A session about the upcoming changes to health plan offerings in San Juan County. Limited seating for 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 4:00 pm sessions.

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-5707; reservations highly recommended!


HEALING ARTS CENTER FALL FOUNDATION RAFFLE 
Just over 2 weeks left to get your raffle tickets - 3 for $10. On December 12, we'll draw 7 lucky names - each gets a certificate for 1 hour massage, acupuncture, or other service from any practitioner. Use for yourself or as a holiday gift. Support our nonprofit to replace our building's foundation. Call 360-376-4002 or stop by 453 North Beach Road, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday.


THE GIVING TREE & SANTA'S MAILBOX AT ISLAND MARKET 
The Giving Tree and Santa's Mailbox have arrived at Island Market! We encourage you to come visit the Giving Tree, choose a gift tag for a child in need, and go shopping. If you would like to participate but don't want to shop, you can make a monetary donation and we will do the shopping for you. Want a personalized letter from Santa? Have your child write a letter to Santa, be sure to include a return address, drop the letter off at Santa's Mailbox at Island Market. We appreciate your support. Happy Holidays!

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-6000.


OPEN HOUSE MEMBERSHIP KICKOFF @ ORCAS CENTER 
(Monday, December 5, 5:00 pm, Center Stage, Madrona Room & Lobby Gallery)
Come one and all to our free Open House Membership Kickoff event!
Watch 30 years of  Orcas Center productions on our HD screen, thumb through old scrapbooks, enjoy refreshments and mingle with your friends and neighbors. See you there! 
www.orcascenter.org
 
INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1.


THE MOBILE CSO IS COMING 
Tuesday, December 6, & Wednesday, December 7, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm @ Friday Harbor Family Resource Center, 500 Market Street)
Division of Child Support (DCS) will be on the truck December 7 to assist you with your case or questions! At this event, you can apply for Cash Assistance, Basic Food Assistance, and Medical Assistance. You can also drop off paperwork, complete an Eligibility Review, Mid-Certification Review or make changes to an existing case. 
 

Shop the Rock
 
  
THE GALLERY IS HAVING A HOLIDAY  PARTY! 
(Friday, December 2, 2:30 - 5:00 pm @ The Gallery)
Special prices during the party - 20% off
Gift Certificates available
Many new pieces of original local art for sale
Beverages and nibbles for all
Please, come and bring your friends! 
The Gallery is located in Eastsound at 374 North Beach Road, across from Enzo's and next to the bike shop.


HEALING ARTS GIFT CERTIFICATE SALE
 
Starting Friday, we're offering gift certificates at a 15% savings. Share the gift of a treatment with someone you love - or give to yourself. $98 for a 90-minute massage or $68 for a 1-hour massage or acupuncture. Cash or checks accepted at our front desk, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, M-F, 360-376-4002; order online at orcashealingarts.org. (Credit card/PayPal rate $70.50/$101)


HEALING ARTS CENTER FALL FOUNDATION RAFFLE 
Hurry and get your raffle tickets - 3 for $10 or $5 each. On December 12 (at 4:30 pM) we'll draw 7 lucky names - each winner gets a certificate for 1-hour massage, acupuncture, or other service from any practitioner. Use for yourself or as a holiday gift. Support our nonprofit to replace our building's foundation. Call 360-376-4002 or stop by 453 North Beach Road, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, M-F.

INFORMATION: More info at orcashealingarts.org.


YACHT CLUB STORE PoPuP SHOPPE 
(Friday, December 16, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm @ the Madrona Point Insurance office)
PoPuP Shoppe in time for the Holidays
Holiday Greetings from the Yacht Club Store!
We're having a "blowout sale" of Hoodies, T-shirts, hats, and some miscellaneous items in inventory. Everything will be $10 or $15!
Join us for a glass of wine and goodies and shop at the Madrona Point Insurance office #106 behind Random House on Friday, December 16, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Hope to see you there!


ORCAS ARTS & GIFTS: HUGE EPIC SALE!
20-40% off SALE! Everything is at least 20% off . . . and if you like Crystals, Minerals, & Fossils, some of them are up to 40% off. Yep. Come get 'em! Eastsound's most established source for unique handmade jewelry with everything from sea glass, natural gemstones, pearls, and more. Affordable outerwear, iconic shirt designs, and fun hats, too! Shop LOCAL.

INFORMATION: 245 Main Street, 360-376-3462.
 

EASTSOUND LIQUOR & WINE GIFT CARDS
Eastsound Liquor & Wine now has GIFT CARDS! Perfect for stocking stuffers or for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list! Come check out our vast array of specialty items, liquor-filled chocolates, gift bags, and cocktail tools. We have west coast wines & festive holiday bubbles to meet every budget! As always, 10% Off 6 bottles or more! 
Monday - Thursday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm 
Friday & Saturday, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm 
Sunday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
360-376-2616 


20% HOLIDAY SALE! AT JACQUELINE KEMPFER ARTIST STUDIO
Open Wednesday - Saturday, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
Through Saturday, December 24, at 474 North Beach Road in Eastsound
After a short stroll up North Beach Road, visitors can cozy up to the fireplace to view Jackie's original paintings of Orcas Island scenery in the mediums of oil, watercolor and Sumi ink. Holiday decorations and warm beverages are an invitation to relax in her studio and gallery. Jackie is pleased to offer a 20% discount on all painting purchases and beautiful, free gift wrapping for the holidays!

INFORMATION: 360-376-2282 or 360-317-8230 or visit jacquelinekempferartist.com.


SAVE LOCALLY ON HOLIDAY PURCHASES WITH CHILDREN'S HOUSE COUPON BOOK: GO ORCAS! 
Orcas Island Children's House is selling coupon books, featuring more than $500 in discounts offered by local businesses. Buy one for yourself or give one as a gift. Go Orcas! includes nearly 100 coupons (valid through May 2017). It's the perfect time to save on gift purchases, holiday dining and entertainment, off-season lodging - even your Thanksgiving groceries. Coupon users can recoup the $20 investment in just 1 or 2 purchases. A complete list of participating companies is available at www.oich.org.  Purchase at the Orcas Food Co-op or from the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center in Eastsound. (##)

INFORMATION: Contact Children's House for more information at 360-376-4744.   
 

HOLIDAY WELCOME & GIFT BASKETS 
Welcome your friends and family to your second home on Orcas with a gift basket of Orcas and San Juan County goods. Coffee & jam, soaps & lotion, wine & beer and more. Customized just for you.
Visit http://orcasislandconcierge.com/welcome-baskets/ for details. 
Contact: Tim at (360) 472-0330 or Sonia at (360) 610-2887 
 

Restaurant News & Dining Deals
   

ROSARIO'S 6th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES
(December 1, 2016 - January 1, 2017)
Rosario's Festival of Trees returns to the Moran Mansion the entire month of December. Come check out the beautiful trees decorated by a variety of Orcas Island non-profits.  Vote for your favorite trees and organizations by purchasing $1 tickets from the front desk. All proceeds go to directly to the organizations and your tickets will be entered to win some great prizes, including two round-trip tickets from Orcas Island to Seattle on Kenmore Air with a two-night hotel stay, dinner for two at The Mansion Restaurant ($100 value), and a two-month Rosario spa pass. 
 
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT ROSARIO
(Friday, December 9 - Sunday, December 11, 12:00 noon - 8:00 pm each day)
Please join us for complimentary cookies and hot apple cider while exploring the Festival of Trees. 
 
CHRISTMAS EVE & CHRISTMAS DAY
December 24 AND December 25
The Mansion Restaurant
Prix fixe Christmas menu ($65/pp) with optional wine pairings ($35), 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Moran Lounge
Standard Lounge menu offerings, 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

NEW YEAR'S EVE

Saturday, December 31 
The Mansion Restaurant
BREAKFAST: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
LUNCH: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
New Year's Eve Gala Seafood Buffet: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75 per person, includes celebratory champagne.  
The Moran Lounge
Open with standard menu, 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Year's Eve Party: 10:00 pm - 1:00 am ($5 cover)
Music, Dancing and a La Carte Food Menu.

NEW YEAR'S DAY 
Sunday, January 1
The Mansion Restaurant
New Year's Day a la carte Champagne Brunch: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (prices vary)
DINNER: Standard menu with New Year's-inspired specials, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Moran Lounge
Standard Lounge menu offerings, 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm


ROSARIO RESORT & SPA WINTER RESTAURANT HOURS 
The Mansion Restaurant:
Breakfast: 8:00 am - 11:00 am daily
Lunch: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Friday-Sunday
Dinner: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm daily
Moran Lounge:
Monday - Thursday, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday - Sunday, 12:00 noon - 9:00 pm
"Oyster Hour": Monday - Thursday, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222.

 
THE NEW LEAF'S CURRENT HOURS
Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday, 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
Dinner: Thursday, Sunday, & Monday, 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm;
Friday & Saturday, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lounge (seating for our guests 18 and over): Thursday - Monday, 5:00 pm to "close"
In the LOUNGE ONLY: We have discounted Truffle Fries, French Onion Soup, and Caesar Salads from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, and drink specials all evening long.

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


THE KITCHEN 
The Kitchen is open Friday, December 2, and Saturday, December 3, this week, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.


TRAVEL AROUND THE CULINARY WORLD AT MIA'S 
Beginning Thursday, December 1, We will be traveling around the world to a new destination each month, different regions each week within those destinations. We thought we'd begin, and end, the year with different regions of American cuisine. There will be an influx of info as we proceed and calendars with our program laid out ahead. Reservations will be encouraged.


SOMETHING OLD & SOMETHING NEW DECEMBER WINE DINNER AT ROSARIO 
(Friday, December 2, arrival: 6:00 pm; dinner: 6:30 pm @ Rosario)
Something Old & Something New December Wine Dinner featuring wines from Cadence Winery
$110 per person
Enjoy a five-course meal by Executive Chef Raymond Southern, paired with specially selected wines from Washington's Cadence Winery.  It will be an evening of contrasts as we explore the differences between the two vintages that will be paired with each main dish.
Wine Dinner guests are invited to spend the night with a special $99 standard room rate.  
Call our Reservations Department to book your seat and room today.  360-376-2222 


WINTER DINNER AT CATKIN CAFE
(Sunday, December 4)
Seatings at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm
3 course prix fixe
$65/ person
Seating is limited.

INFORMATION: For reservations call 376-3242 or email catkincafe@gmail.com.


TACO THURSDAYS AT MIJITAS
Taco Thursdays at MIJITAS. Buy one taco plate get one half price*!
Every Thursday until June 1.
*Dine in only.


DOE BAY CAFE'S WINTER HOURS
(Through April) Thursday: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Open mic/food theme nights)
Friday: dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: brunch 8:00 am - 2:00 pm; dinner 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Closed Monday through Wednesday
We always recommend guests make reservations 
for dinner at the cafe. Our number for reservations is 360-376-8059.


RANDOM HOWSE WINTER HOURS
 
(November to March)
Open Wednesday for Thai, 5:00 - 8:00 pm & OPEN MIC and event nights only.  
We will be mostly closed Thursday and Friday unless there is something happening.  We will let you know!

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-1111.  

Continuing Restaurant Entertainment & Events 

 

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.


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 BRIDGET O'TOOLE 
(Thursday Evenings - Sponsoring
The Orcas Choral Society in December)
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 The Orcas Choral Society! Each Thursday in December, Doe Bay Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each entree sold to The Orcas Choral Society. Great food, music and a fantastic cause! This week our host is Bridget O'Toole.  

  
UPCOMING SHOWS AT DOE BAY 
Friday, December 9: Live music in the cafe with Seattle's Faint Peter! 7:30 - 9:00 pm. No cover. Reservations recommended.
Saturday, December 10: Live music in the yoga studio with Gems! Seattle's Barry Sebastian & The Deep Blue guest star! 7:30 - 10:00 pm.
No cover.  
 
INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-8059.  

 
MARTINIS & MARTIN
(Thursdays at 6:00pm) 
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.

INFORMATION: 360-376-2222.
 

KARAOKE @ THE LOWER TAVERN
(Fridays at 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 

 
EDC PRESENTS DATAPALOOZA! - A STATISTICS & DEMOGRAPHICS EVENT FOR SJC
(Friday, December 2, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm @ the Emmanuel Episcopal Church)
Need more data and information to make knowledgeable decisions about your business or as a community legislator or leader?  Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for their first-ever Datapalooza! event, two hours of in-depth data and analysis of our economy and demographics, plus lunch and conversation.
   This year's program will explore our region's economy and demographics - past, present and future - including industry, employment and sales data, and current trends.  This in-depth analysis will enable leaders and businesspeople to make informed decisions about issues that affect our community and economy.
Tickets are $19 and advance payment is required.  
Please visit www.sanjuansedc.org/datapalooza to reserve your space.

INFORMATION: For questions, please call 360-378-2906 or email info@sanjuansedc.org.


COMMUNITY DANCE CLASS: THE CHA CHA
(Monday, December 5, 7:00 - 9:00 pm @ the Odd Fellows Hall)
Local instructors are again offering their community dance class on Monday, December 5, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Odd Fellows Hall.  We will offer another session of Cha Cha. 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 in 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 to dance or improving your knowledge of dance.

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

 
STACY ROMILLAH 
Free healing/empowerment series. Join live via video conferencing or access recorded videos. Guided meditations and healing sessions to help you release anything that's been holding you back and to empower you to create the life you want and be a stronger positive force for change. Click here for more information.
  
Travel to Guatemala. Come with me to the highlands of Guatemala for a week long Activation of Personal Power and Planetary Change! Establish a potent morning practice of yoga and meditation, grow deep roots to feel grounded through the pain and suffering of our world, build your ability to create massive positive change in your life and for the whole. January 21 - 28. Click here for more information.   
 

Continuing Art & Museum Shows
 

ART EXHIBITS AT ORCAS CENTER
Return of the Sun Art Installation 12/21/16
in the Lobby Gallery and the Madrona Room
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00pm


THIS MONTH'S ARTIST AT WASHINGTON FEDERAL: SADIE BAILEY 
(New art every month) 
Washington Federal is pleased to present Sadie Bailey! Sadie's show is a burst of color and light that is sure to brighten up the gloomy winter days to come. Join us and enjoy Sadie's beautiful, fun, and colorful mosaics, quilts, and much more. Our doors are open to the public Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. 


ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Pioneer Museum's Winter Hours:
Winter Hours: Oct 1 - May 13
Wednesday - Saturday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm or by appointment.
Closed January
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


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
 
Public Meetings on Orcas Island

 
San Juan County's public meeting list is found here.

Wednesday, December 7 (5:00 pm). San Juan County Cemetery District #3 (Library) Meets first Wednesday of the month. 

Thursday, December 8 (4:00 - 6:00 pm). Orcas Island Park & Recreation District 
(Eastsound Fire Station) Meets second Thursday of the month.
 
Thursday, December 8 (4:00 - 6:00 pm). Orcas Island Park & Recreation District 
(Eastsound Fire Station) Meets second Thursday of the month. 
 
Thursday, December 8 (6:00 pm). Port of Orcas Commissioners (Airport conference room) Meets second Thursday of the month. Call 360-376-5285 for more information.

Tuesday
, December 13  (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, December 13 (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, December 14 (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.
   

Thursday, January 5  (3:00 pm). Eastsound Planning Review Committee (Eastsound Fire Station) Meets first Thursday 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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