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Board of Directors
Colleen Smith, President
Terri Gilleland, Secretary 
Kim Morgan, Treasurer  
Lee Horswill
Marlace Hughes
Kathy Kantrud
Jacob Linnes
Stephanie Sisson
Holly Southern
Erin Wygant (Visitors Bureau) 
Susan Gudgell, past-President 



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Lance Evans
Executive Director

Ashley Randall, Staff
Carol Kulminski, Staff
Michele Wiley, Volunteer  
PO Box 252
65 North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
Office: (360) 376-2273

 
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Deer Harbor Charter, Orcas Adventures, and The Mansion Restaurant at Rosario Resort & Spa were all             featured in "Top Honeymoon Destinations in the US". (Article Link)

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Tonight, October 11, from 11:30 pm to 5:30 am and a County power outage on Tuesday, 
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Have a question, or are not sure who is eligible for nomination? Contact the Chamber of Commerce office (360-376-2273) or click here for complete details.

ANNUAL CHAMBER MEETING ON OCTOBER 25 AT ROSARIO...

DON'T FORGET TO RSVP  at  info@orcasislandchamber.com
 
IF YOU ARE ATTENDING.
  
Please include names if you are sending in an RSVP for others. Thank you!

Events This Week & Beyond

DEER HARBOR COMMUNITY POTLUCK
(Friday, October 12 @ 6:30 pm @ the Deer Harbor Community Club)
Please join us for our monthly potluck! Bring a dish to share, your place setting, and beverage. Everyone welcome!


MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Operation Finale
(Friday-Saturday, October 12-13, 7:30 pm @ Seaview Theater)
Fifteen years after the end of World War II, a team of top-secret Israeli agents travels to Argentina to track down Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi officer who masterminded the transportation logistics that brought millions of innocent Jews to their deaths in concentration camps. 

INFORMATION: 360-376-5724


FARMER'S MARKET
(Saturday, October 13, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm @ Odd Fellows Hall))
The Farmers Market has moved indoor to the Odd Fellows Hall.  





ORCAS ISLAND GARDEN CLUB PRESENTATION
(Wednesday, October 17, 10:00 am @ Orcas Center)
The Orcas Island Garden Club welcomes Ryan T. Palmateer from the San Juan Islands Conservation District. Ryan will speak about creating your own rain garden and drip irrigation system. He will also discuss county-wide water conservation efforts. Ryan is the San Juan Islands Conservation District Energy Program Manager and IT specialist as well as the Washington Association of District Employee's track leader for climate, water and energy. The Orcas Island Garden Club welcomes new members. After the presentation,visitors are encouraged to stop by our membership table and become a member of the garden club. 



FLOATING UKULELE JAM!
(Thursday, October 18 on the Interisland Ferry)
It's time for the Third Thursday Floating Ukulele Jam! Bring your uke, your friends, and some songs to share and join us on the interisland ferry on Thursday, October 18th: departs Friday Harbor at 5:45 pm, Orcas at 6:45 pm, Shaw at 7:00 pm, swings over to Lopez at 7:20 pm, then back home again. Everyone invited to play, sing, or just listen and enjoy the scenery - please help spread the word throughout the county! 

BRITNEE KELLOGG LIVE IN LOCAL BENEFIT CONCERT
(Friday, October 19, 7:00 pm @ Orcas Center)
Featuring Orcas Island's Malia Michelle!  Britnee and Malia will be coming to the Orcas Center to help raise money for the local community. Britnee  brings her Country flair of music to the Island to help out a local family battling cancer in addition to supporting the Arts community on the Island, including MAG (Music Advocacy Group) and the Orcas Center. Britnee and Malia will be hosting children in grades K-12 from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm (prior to the concert) for a free meet and greet, along with some helpful insights to performing and the singing industry! The live performances will start at 7:00 pm w/ Malia and followed up by Britnee. We will have some food available prior to the concert and please feel free to make donations, as all of the proceeds will be given out to the local Organizations. Kevin White will be hosting this event to support the local community.
 
INFORMATION: Email Kevin White, kevinrochelle2@gmail.com
 

EMMANUEL PRESENTS "ART OF OUR PARISHIONERS"
(Saturday, October 20, 10:00 am-2:00 pm @ Parish Hall)
Featuring the Art of our parishioners lovingly crafted and displayed. Come and see paintings, jewelry, candles, quilted items, stationery and so much more! Demonstrations of jewelry making and how to paint with watercolor will also be exhibited. Please come and join us for this first time Artistic event, and find something your heart and you will love to take home. Proceeds will benefit the Artists.



INFORMATION: 360-376-2352


BOO-SEUM AT ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
(Saturday, October 27, 12:00-3:00 pm @ 181 North Beach Rd)
Come to the Historical Museum for an afternoon of fun at the 
BOO-SEUM! You can take a free tour of the six homestead cabins under one roof and visit one room where you can watch historical (actually hysterical) black and white zombie horror movies! There will be Halloween hats available for the photo booth, fun crafts for the kids and treats for everyone. This is a free community event.

INFORMATION: 360-376-4849


CAMP ORKILA's FALL FESTIVAL 
(Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28 @ Camp Orkila)
Super Spooky Haunted Hay Ride ** is Saturday, October 27 at 7:00-8:45 pm. Recommended only for older children and adults. Come take a ride on our legendary, fear-inducing, Haunted Hay Ride, leaving every 20 minutes from Camp Orkila's Pond area.
Fall Festival is Sunday, October 28, 1:00 -5:30 pm. Join us for this free event full of adventure and food!!  We'll have hot dogs, soup, chili and cider to warm you up.  Participate in pumpkin carving, cider-pressing, face painting, archery, climbing at the Climbing Tower, games, fun hay ride, zip lining, and much more!  **note that the haunted hay ride is Saturday evening.

INFORMATION: 360-376-2678 ext.103
 

EAT ISLAND GROWN
(Sunday, October 28, 12:00 - 4:00 pm @ the Brickworks, Friday Harbor)
The best tastes of the San Juan Islands showcasing chefs, and the farmers that make that food possible! Using fresh, quality products from San Juan County farms, local chefs will prepare delicious samples for you to enjoy. Come for a bite or make a meal of it. Locally produced soft and alcoholic beverages will make it a full gourmet adventure. Tickets start at $3.00 with proceeds benefiting San Juan County farming initiatives.  A mouthwatering event celebrating the islands' unique cuisine at the historic Brickworks in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island.



SAVOR THE SAN JUANS
(Happening now through November 10) 
Food, Farms & Film! Savor the San Juans is a fall feast for the senses. From wine tasting to harvest dinners, farm tours to film festivals, biking to beer events, check out all the delicious details and lodging specials during this two-month fest. The San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau invites you to join the fun at the 11th annual Savor the San Juans where there is something for everyone! 





Announcements


ISLAND HOPPIN' BREWERY HOSTS "BEER AND CONVERSATION"
(Friday, October 12, 5:00 pm @ Island Hoppin' Brewery)
The lack of affordable housing, including rentals, is a problem in San Juan County.  Come learn about a solution.  Island Hoppin' Brewery is hosting "Beer and Conversation" on Friday, October 12. This is your chance to find out more about the Home Fund measure on this November's ballot.  Bring your questions and bring your friends! Island Hoppin' supports this important initiative. We know first hand how difficult it is for workers to time safe, stable, affordable housing.  Oh, and did we mention? The first round of beer is on Janet. (Who's Janet? You'll have to show up to find out.) Please join us for this informative and fun event. And if you cannot make it on October 12, there will be also be an informational Town Hall the next day Saturday, October 13, 3:00 pm at the Eastsound Fire hall. No matter which you choose, we hope you'll attend one to learn more about this important ballot measure. 

INFORMATION: 360-376-6079


AUDITIONS NOTICE 
(Orcas Center) 
Below is a list of shows with audition dates happening in the month of October. All auditions will happen in either Orcas Center Black Box or on Center Stage.
MAMMA MIA! - directed by Doug Bechtel.
Show dates: March 11 through 30, 2019.  
Auditions: Weds. Oct. 10 @ 6 pm and Sun. Oct. 14th at 1 pm in the Black Box.
OLEANNA - directed by Deborah Sparks.
Show dates: April 25th through May 3rd.  
Auditions: Sun. Oct. 21 at 1 pm and Mon. Oct. 22 at 5:30 pm in the Black Box.

INFORMATION: visit  orcascenter.org


YES FOR HOMES TOWN HALL
(Saturday, October 13; 3:00 pm @ Fire Hall) 
Yes for Homes is a county-wide, grassroots campaign to provide affordable housing in San Juan County. It will be Prop. 1 on the November ballot. Ryan Page, San Juan County's Affordable Housing Coordinator, will be present to discuss the technical aspects of the Home Fund.  Representatives with the Yes For Homes campaign will be there to answer your questions.  We hope you will attend to find out more about this critically important ballot measure. 

INFORMATION: visit  yesforhomes.net or email us at info@yesforhomes.net


FOUR  WORKSHOPS PRESENTED BY THE EDC
(Thursday, October 18, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm @ San Juan Island Grange)
Climate Change for Business - a workshop on mitigating climate change impacts. Tickets include lunch, beverages and snacks and are $25; advance payment is required.  Please visit sanjuansedc.org to reserve seats. 
(Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 23-December 20 @ Friday Harbor High School) 
Free training in construction basics. Designed for students and career changers.Space is limited and requires both registration and a filing fee of $10. Apply at sanjuansedc.org/trades
(Wednesday, October 24, 10:00 am-11:00 am @ Key Bank, Friday Harbor)
Customer Service 101 - Participants will learn effective ways to get customers to come back to their retail or service establishments. The workshop is free; advance registration is required.
(Wednesday, October 24, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm @ San Juan Island Library)
Knowledge workers to informal meetup. - Knowledge worker jobs are skilled jobs that are often done remotely or online, by individual freelancers or consultants. 
 
INFORMATION: call 360-378-2906 or email info@sanjuansedc.org


MASTER GARDENERS ANNUAL GARDENING WORKSHOP
(Saturday, October 20, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm @ Friday Harbor Middle School, San Juan Island)
Join keynote speaker Lorene Forkner Edwards and the San Juan County Master Gardeners at their popular Annual Gardening Workshop for inspiration and "Operating Instructions For a Garden That Fits YOU." Lorene Edwards Forkner is an author, editor, and passionate self-proclaimed 'horticolorist,' the author of five gardening titles and the editor of Pacific Horticulture. The workshop is a day-long event, with noted authorities speaking on a wide variety of topics of interest to PNW coastal gardeners. Tickets are $40 online, $45 at the door. Advance purchase is recommended.

INFORMATION: visit GardenWorkshop.org for details and to purchase tickets


FRIENDS OF THE ORCAS ISLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNUAL MEETING
(Sunday, October 21, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm @ Outlook Inn)
At the annual meeting we will be electing new members to the Board of Directors. In addition, we will pass on reports of the last fiscal year including results from fundraising events, as well as thanking the community for its continued support in volunteering, attending fundraising activities, and membership in the non-profit organization. The topic of the guest speaker, Bob Dash, is On An Acre Shy of Eternity--and Beyond. Bob will present slides and dialog about his book On An Acre Shy of Eternity: Micro Landscapes at the Edge. Dash, a photographer, local teacher and environmental artist, portrays the phenomenally small elements of life. Dash's work has attracted international attention for his intricate photographs of microscopic life. Members of the community are invited to join this free event. 



BECOME A WSU MASTER GARDENER 
(Applications due Thursday, November 1)
Volunteer trainees receive over 60 hours of training, both in the classroom and on-line. The training is taught by local and regional experts and includes topics on vegetable gardening, soils, plant disease diagnostics, plant identification and more! In the first year, trainees are mentored by a cohort of veteran Master Gardeners while volunteering 50 hours within the program. Certified Master Gardeners complete at least 25 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of Continuing Education. The 2019 training will be held on nine Tuesdays, January 29 - March 26. The cost of the training is $225. Partial scholarships available.
 
INFORMATION: contact Caitlin Blethen, mg.sanjuancounty@wsu.edu or 360-378-4414. Applications are available here.


ORCAS ISLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH INVITES CHILDREN TO PIONEER CLUBS 
(Mondays, until May 13, 6:00 - 7:30 pm @ Community Church)
At Pioneer Clubs®️, boys and girls from preschool through elementary school build healthy relationships with caring Christian adults, peers, and most importantly, Christ. This is OICC's fifth year of Pioneer Clubs®️. Each week focuses on all the areas in which children grow: social, physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. It is non-competitive, allowing all children to succeed and feel included. Pioneer Clubs®️ offer a wide range of skill-building activities like crafts, games, baking, music, drama, carpentry and more. Pioneer Clubs®️ are for kids entering Pre-Kinder (age 4) through 5th grade. 

INFORMATION: call 360-376-6422

Shop the Rock
 

NEST: JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW
(Friday, October 12, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm @ Nest)
Audrey Daniels is returning to Orcas for her annual fall jewelry trunk show at Nest on Friday, October 12th. She'll be in the shop from Noon until 6:00 pm with designs old and new and since it's a party we might as well have a sale! Beautiful jewelry, a party, 10% off storewide......see you there. 




INFORMATION: 360-376-4580


ISLAND MARKET THIRSTY THURSDAYS: Wine, Cider, or Beer Tastings
(Thursday, October 18, 3:00 -5:00 pm)
Other tastings: November 1, 15 , and 29

INFORMATION: 360-376-6000


DOE BAY WINE COMPANY HAPPY HOUR
(Thursdays-Sundays, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm @ Doe Bay Wine Co)
Doe Bay Wine Company Doe Bay Wine Company is excited to unveil their new Happy Hour! Come enjoy Food and Wine specials including $5 off Cheese and Charcuterie Plates and $3 off Wine Flights. Every Thursday through Sunday from 4:00-5:00 pm. 




INFORMATION: Call 360-376-7467 if you'd like to reserve a table or just stop by! 

 
3% THURSDAY & ROUND-UP AT THE REGISTER BENEFITS ORCAS SENIOR CENTER
(Thursday, October 18 @ Orcas Food Co-op)                                        
Orcas Food Co-op
Orcas Island Senior Center will receive 3% of the gross receipts of Orcas Food Co-op sales on Thursday, October 18.
You can Round-up at the Register
to donate to the Senior Center during October as a part of our Community Shopping program
It's easy to Round Up your purchase. When your cashier asks you if you want to round up, simply say "Yes!". If you'd like to donate more than the roundup you can do that, too. Just let your cashier know the amount you want to donate, and they can add it to your transaction. Donating to a great cause couldn't get much simpler than that!

INFORMATION: 360-376-2009, orcasfood.coop


ORCAS ISLAND PROPERTY CONCIERGE PROVIDES "PEACE OF MIND"
The seasons change. The leaves blow. The moss will grow.
Moss shortens the life of your roof.
We are specialists in roof moss control. We use multiple methods that can be applied to each roof's needs.
With just a few questions, we can get you a quote. Call or email. Ask for the Blast Special this month.

Health and Wellness

THE HEART OF MINDFULNESS MEDITATION 
(Thursday, October 11, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio) 
Exploring practices for everyday life. Join Noah Rossetter, experience mindfulness practitioner and teacher for an an evening of meditation and discussion. Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome. Open to All Levels. By Donation.

EXPLORING PRANA THROUGH SANSKRIT MANTRA WORKSHOP
(Friday, October 12, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio) 
Join Prajna Yoga senior teacher Nicolle Neill for an exploration of the Sanskrit language, a deeply therapeutic and musical language that lends itself easily to the meditative mood in a fun and relaxed environment. Open to All Levels. $25, Pre-register. 

RESTORATIVE YOGA & HEALING SOUND WORKSHOP
(Friday, October 12, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio) 
Nicole NEILL utilizes a long career of music making combined with her heartfelt study and practice of yoga, mantra, meditation, and dharma to create an environment of deep peace and relaxation. While Nicolle fills the space with sound, Djuna Mascall will guide your body and breath into restorative asanas to rejuvenate you deeply from the inside out. Open to All Levels. $40, Pre-register. 



SOULCOLLAGE WORKSHOP
(Sunday, October 14, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm @ 235 Barnacle Lane, Olga)
1/2 day SoulCollage Workshop. There will be a limit of 8 participants. Fee is $75 with sliding scale available based on need. Jennifer Lehr LMFT is a certified SoulCollage instructor.

INFORMATION: Call 360 376-3320 or email JenniferLehrMFT.com@gmail.com


ORCAS ISLAND BLOOD DRIVE
(Thursday, October 18, 11:00 am-5:00 pm @ Eastsound Fire Station)
Walk-ins welcome. Donors with appointments have priority at registration and screening. Please bring photo ID to the blood drive.  
Sponsored by the Orcas Island Lions Club.
 


INFORMATION: schedule an appointment here or call 800-398-7888 (sponsor code 2650)


WOMEN'S WELLNESS SERIES
(Mondays, October 22 - November 26, 5:30 pm  - 7:00 pm @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio) 
Women's Wellness Series weaves together ancient modalities with heartfelt wisdom to help women on their healing journey towards optimal wellbeing. This 6-week Series provides resources and self-care tools to holistically support your long-term vibrant health. Each class will include breathwork, meditation, anatomy, a movement practice and self-care tools for daily health and wellness. Taught by Suzi Zobrist (LMT, E-RYT500). $90 for 6 classes. Pre-registration required.



MOBILE COMMUNITY SERVICES OFFICE
(Tuesday-Wednesday, October 23-24, 9:00 am-3:00 pm @ 374 A North Beach Rd)
Come to the Orcas Community Resource Center and apply for cash assistance, basic food assistance, medical assistance, and Medicare Savings Program.

INFORMATION: 360-376-3184


INTRODUCTION TO YOGA SERIES
(Thursdays, October 25 - December 6, 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm at Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio) 
NEW TO YOGA?? Join a 6-week Intro to Yoga class and feel great! Learn the fundamentals and get started on the path of yoga to enhance your health and well being. If you have never done yoga before, have been away from your practice awhile, or if you simply enjoy the pace and time these classes meet, this is the class for you! Open to All Levels. $60, Pre-register. 138 North Beach Road,


INFORMATION: orcasmandala.com


HEALING ARTS CENTER JADE PLANT FUNDRAISER
In it's 30th year, the Healing Arts Center has become an integral part of the Orcas Island Community.  For those of you that know and love the practitioners and building, you have also come to recognize the iconic Jade Plant in our lobby.  A gift to the Center in its early days, the original plant is as old as we are -- 30 years!  As part of our fundraising for our new foundation and building addition, we are offering a limited number of heritage cuttings from the mother Jade plant with a $100 donation to the Healing Arts Center. The Healing Arts Center is a 501(c)(3), that provides discounted services to low income community members as well as thousands of dollars in donations every year to schools and other non-profits on Orcas.

INFORMATION: contact Christopher Evans, 360-376-4002 or orcashealingarts@gmail.com.


HEALING ARTS CENTER 30th ANNIVERSARY RAFFLE
The Healing Arts Center is celebrating our 30th year. We have an amazing group of over 30 prizes each valued from $80 -$120. Each of our prizes reflect the best in health and wellness choices you can make on Orcas, such as a $120 Coop Gift Card, a Doe Bay Spa Membership, or a 10 class pass of Yoga at Orcas Mandala! Or maybe you'll win our grand prize of a treatment a month at the Healing Arts Center for 2019!  This is our largest raffle yet, and the funds we raise go to the "Renovation and Restoration" of our historic building. Tickets are $25 each or 5/$100, and are available from any of our practitioners or at our front desk, Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 5:00.  

INFORMATION: contact Christopher Evans at 360-376-4486 or orcashealingarts@gmail.com


aromatherapy.jpg OCTOBER SPECIAL: WILD ROSE LTD
Aromatherapy Consult and Treatment which includes a custom essential oil blend. $80 for 75 minutes.

INFORMATION: Contact Deborah Darner, LMT at 360-376-4188


OMARI BEAUTY BAR: THE PUMPKIN PEPTIDE FACIAL 
(Three Part Special offered until December 31)
This specialty facial will nourish, firm and tone due to the incorporation of Pumpkin and Peptides. One of the amazing aspects of this treatment is that pumpkin contains high doses of vitamin C, antioxidants, vitamin A, zinc, and Beta carotene. These ingredients create a truly glowing complexion! Call or visit us online to reserve your 90 minute escape. 360-378-7638 

INFORMATION: omaribeautybar.com


CLINIC SERVICES BY VINCENT SHU, MD 
BOARD CERTIFIED INTERNIST/ CARDIOLOGIST/GERIATRICIAN 
Integrative ( Eastern and Western ) Medicine, Nutritional Counseling (Foods as Medicines), Home Care Visit, Evidenced Based Herbs/Supplements, Acupuncture/Acupressure, Tai-Chi and educational seminars. Click here to see all services offered.



INFORMATION: Located at 97 Yellow Brick Road, 360-376-2564 or email vshu@wins-medicine.org


Restaurant News & Dining Deals
(Check Restaurant Guide for current days and times)

Seasonal changes in hours and days have begun. 
Be sure to check the Restaurant Guide!

INN AT SHIP BAY WINE DINNER 
(Thursday, October 11, 6:00 pm @ Inn at Ship Bay)
Inn at Ship Bay is honored to welcome Enzo Schiano of Poggio La Noce Winery. Geddes is planning a multi-course menu featuring the harvest bounty from Ship Bay's Gardens, Heirloom Orchards & Judd Cove Oysters; all paired with Poggio La Noce's exciting wines from Tuscany, Italy.

INFORMATION: Please call 360.376.5886 or email shipbay@rockisland.com for reservations


THE MANSION RESTAURANT HARVEST WINE DINNER WITH SOTER VINEYARDS
(Friday, November 9, 6:00pm @ The Mansion Restaurant at Rosario Resort)
The Mansion Restaurant's popular Wine Dinner Series kicks off with our annual "Savor San Juans" Fall Harvest Wine Dinner, featuring the best of the island's fall ingredients alongside wines from Soter Vineyards. Tony and Michelle Soter operate Mineral Springs Ranch, a 240-acre biodynamic farm and vineyard in the heart of Oregon wine country that makes some of the most highly regarded Pinot Noir in the country. Their combination of respectful farming, ancient marine soils and temperate climate result in wines that are layered, nuanced and perfect to pair with Chef Southern's delicious fall menu. $130 per person (+tax/gratuity).
INFORMATION: For reservations call 360.376.2222 ext. 400
 

ACAPULCO RESTAURANT OPENS FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
Acapulco has a new menu with breakfast items and still serves lunch.
Open 7:30 am - 3:00 pm,  Monday - Friday.

INFORMATION: 360-488-6271


THE KITCHEN
(Closed until November 26)
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OPEN MIC:

Second Monday, (November 12) 8:00-10:00 pm; 
Orcas Center 
All musicians, poets, storytellers, voices of the voiceless, loud mouths, comedians, magicians, talents of basic and varying levels of obscurity welcome. Everyone is invited to perform on the Orcas Center stage for NEW! monthly open mic. Mike Speece to host. Free! Choice wine and beer by Doe Bay Winery available for purchase in the lobby.
 
INFORMATION: 360-376-2281x4
 

Third Tuesday, (October 16) 7:00 pm; The Grange 
Mandy and Gordon will be your hosts. Doors open and sign-ups begin at 6:45 pm, acts are limited to 10 minutes (strictly!). Donations gratefully accepted at the door. (and Paula will have her cookies for sale, too!). Come play, come sing, come listen, come support live music and the Grange! 

INFORMATION:  contact Mandy, crazylegs40@rocketmail.com or Gordon, gordo@rockisland.com.


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. 
 
INFORMATION: 360-376-4848
 

Thursdays at 7:30 pm; Doe Bay Cafe Sponsoring Teens in Public Service
Come out and support Teens in Public Service! Each Thursday in October, Doe Bay Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each entree sold to Teens in Public Service. Great food, music and a fantastic cause! The Café is open from 5-10 pm and Open Mic begins at 7:30 pm. Great food, music and a fantastic cause!                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
INFORMATION: 360-376-8059

 
KARAOKE & LIVE MUSIC:                                                                                      


KARAOKE/TRIVIA NIGHTS AT LOWER TAVERN
(Wednesdays at 8:00 pm)
Play Trivia with friends.
(Fridays at 9:30 pm)
Karaoke! You know you want to check it out!  

INFORMATION: 360-376-4848 
 
 
LIVE MUSIC FEATURING MARTINIS & MARTIN: ROSARIO RESORT 
(Thursdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ Rosario Resort Moran Lounge) 
Join Martin Lund for an evening of hand-crafted cocktails and live music. Martin Lund, an island favorite and jazzman extraordinaire, considers himself a "musical chef."
 
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222
 

LIVE MUSIC WITH GENE NERY
(Fridays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ The Moran Lounge, Rosario Resort)  

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222


ROSARIO MUSIC CONCERT AND HISTORICAL NARRATIVE 
(Saturdays, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm @ Rosario Resort)  
Enjoy a presentation of music and history of the Moran family and the Rosario estate with Christopher Peacock. Highlights of the presentation include the Moran Photograph Collection, Phantom of the Opera music performed on the Mansion's 1,972 pipe Aeolian organ, 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 360-376-2222
     
                                                                                                                   
Art & Museum Shows


ORCAS CENTER ART SHOW:  Nature and Psyche 
(October 4 - 30.  Opening Reception is Thursday, October 11, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm)
Orcas island artists Ranna McNeil and Robert Dash are excited to share their work at Orcas Center during the month of October. McNeil and Dash are award-winning artists with work shown internationally (and locally at Artworks). Their show 'Nature and Psyche' explores their fascination with nature and the human spirit. McNeil's work features many new cast glass vessels, sculptures and paintings. Dash will show several new photo montages stemming from his book, On An Acre Shy of Eternity, and his Orcas TEDx talk.  Both artists will talk about their work at the reception October 11 at 6:00 pm. Everyone is welcome; please bring your friends.

INFORMATION: visit artist's websites rannamcneil.com and robertdashphotography.com


WASHINGTON FEDERAL ARTIST OF THE MONTH: 
Peter Carlson
(October @ Washington Federal Bank)
Washington Federal is happy to announce that paintings from local artist Peter Carlson will be featured in the bank throughout the month of October. Working from his studio on Dolphin Bay Road, Peter's narrative style of oil painting describes the world we share in his own distinct terms. We invite you to stop by during business hours to spend a few minutes looking at his work, at 35 Main Street. Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

INFORMATION: 360-376-2218


JACQUELINE KEMPFER ARTIST STUDIO
(Wednesday - Saturday, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at 474 N. Beach Road in Eastsound)
After a short stroll up North Beach Road visitors can enjoy Jackie's original paintings of Orcas Island scenery in the mediums of watercolor, oil and Sumi ink. Visit with Jackie or just relax in the atmosphere of a working studio filled with antique furnishings and the private collections of the artist. Jackie is pleased to offer a 10% discount on all
painting purchases and beautiful, free gift wrapping.

INFORMATION: 360-376-2282, jacquelinekempferartist.com


PATOS ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE EXHIBIT
(Opens October 17 to March 30, 12:00-3:00 pm @ Orcas Island Historical Museum)
Don't miss our winter exhibit on the history of Patos Island lighthouse from its inception in 1893 through its automation in 1974, then the rehabilitation in 2008 by the Bureau of Land Management.
Curated by and in partnership with Keepers of Patos Light, this exhibit was on display this summer on Patos and will be available on Orcas until March 2019. It has been expanded to include items in the Museum's collection that have never been displayed before including the Patos Island Visitor's Register. Admission by donation.

INFORMATION: Orcas Island Historical Museum at 360-376-4849


THE ORCAS ISLAND ARTWORKS 
The Orcas Island Artworks Gallery is a favorite Orcas destination housed in a historic building on the island's East side. Built in 1938 as a strawberry barreling plant, the lovingly restored landmark now showcases the best of our island's crafts and fine arts. Open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

 
 
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4408  
 
 
ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
The Pioneer Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00 - 3:00 pm or by appointment. There is a great selection of Gift Shop items. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10:00 - 5:00 pm. Crow Valley School open by appointment. Call 360-376-4849.

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4849 or visit orcasmuseums.org
 
 
MORAN MANSION MUSEUM TOURS
(Open Daily 8:00 am - 9:00 pm)
The Mansion is open to the public for a self-guided tour from 8:00 am - 9:00 pm daily.  The tour is free. 
 
INFORMATION: Call Rosario at 360-376-2152
 
 
Local Employment Opportunities
 

TWO JOB OPENINGS AT ORCAS ISLAND LIBRARY
The Orcas Island Library seeks qualified applicants for the following positions:
1. Public Services Librarian for Children's Services and 2. Administrative Services Coordinator.
 
INFORMATION:  For more information, and to apply, visit the Library's website at 
 

FIELD SERVICE TECHNICIAN AT ROCKISLAND
Will need to provide excellent technical and customer service for residential and business customers at their premises and in remote locations. Must fully support internal operations, be a team player and be able to work independently. Physical requirements and excellent communication skills. Full time. Excellent benefits - Experience a plus.

INFORMATION: Stop by Rock Island's Eastsound Office for an application, or send your resume to: jobs@rockisland.com


GIRL MEETS DIRT HIRING
Looking for a reliable, well paying job with an awesome team of food loving women? Please see the link with listing for Production Team Member and apply via email or in person at 208 Enchanted Forest Rd. 



KALEIDOSCOPE PRESCHOOL AND CHILD CARE CENTER 
Positions: Full & Part-Time
Description of job: Kaleidoscope Preschool & Child Care Center is hiring. Year round work. Pay depends on qualifications. Benefits include childcare, paid holidays, paid vacation, sick leave and amazing meals while on shift (even some good leftovers to take home now and then). We are in need of full and part time employees. If you have interest in earning a college degree, we can help with that too. Give us a call, come by or email if you think you might be a good fit.

INFORMATION: call 360-376-2484 or email kaleidoscope@orcasonline.com


ISLAND MARKET OPENINGS
Benefits include 100% PAID medical, dental, and vision insurance for full-time employees, 401k plans, paid time off program, discounts on gas and health club. Current opening is F/T Deli/Bakery Clerk.

INFORMATION:  Please apply in store or online at orcasislandmarket.com/careers.
  

ORCAS ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT IS HIRING
Check website under "Current Openings".



ORCAS FOOD CO-OP IS HIRING
Full time, part time and seasonal positions are currently available. 
Benefits include paid personal leave, free yoga classes, a 20% store discount, 50% shift lunch, paid vacation for those working more than 20 hours/week, and more. 



ORCAS CENTER IS HIRING
Orcas Center Job Opportunities:  Facilities Manager, Tech Intern, Marketing Intern
Hospitality Committee *volunteers, 

INFORMATION: Click here for more information or call 360-376-2281 ext 4


 
Public Meetings on Orcas Island

 
San Juan County's public meeting list is found here.
Wednesday, November 14 (9:00 am). Orcas Island Public Library Board (Library Meeting Room) Call 360-376-4985 for more information. Meets the second Wednesday of the month.

Wednesday, November 14 (4:00 pm).  Deer Harbor Hamlet 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. 

      

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

  

Ashley Randall, Staff

Carol Kulminski, Staff 

Michele Wiley, Volunteer

 

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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