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PO Box 252
65 North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
Office: (360) 376-2273
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The San Juan Islands have been nominated in USA TODAY's latest "10 Best Readers' Choice" travel award contest! The contest is underway for four weeks. Click here to vote. You can vote once a day for the run of the contest, on all of your devices.
Voting ends Monday, July 3rd at 11:59 am EDT. Rock the vote to make the San Juan Islands #1!
COMMUNITY PARADE ON JULY 1st!
"Celebrating Island Creatures"
Which Orcas Island Creatures are your favorite?
Make plans to join us for the 4th of July activities, including the Community Parade on Saturday, July 1st and our Eastsound Fireworks Show on
Tuesday, July 4th. The parade begins at 12 noon.
We are happy to announce that the Odd Fellows are the Grand Marshals!
for a Parade application, or stop by the Chamber office to pick up a copy.
DONATE TO FIREWORKS IN EASTSOUND ON JULY 4th!
"A Plethora of Pyrotechnics"
Eastsound will be aglow with Fabulous Fireworks!
We need your help...
Please help support this event
by making a tax-deductible charitable contribution to our Community Fireworks Fund at the Orcas Island Community Foundation
. Donate online here
, at the Chamber office, or in the donation jars around the island.
Events This Week & Beyond
EASTSOUND EVENING ART WALK SUMMER SERIES
(Thursday, June 22, 5:00 pm @ Eastsound)
A casual, self guided stroll through the Galleries from Victory Hill, the Jacqueline Kempfer Artist Studio to Crow Valley Pottery & Gallery at the end of North Beach Rd at Main St. and participating business in between. Art Walkers can look for and or stroll though the village and visit the participating shops and galleries.
INFORMATION: call 360-376-5707
AN EVENING IN FRANCE
(Thursday, June 22, 6:00 pm @ The Victorian Room, Outlook Inn)
Join the Orcas Animal Protection Society's
annual wine pairing dinner and auction featuring Chef Steve Debaste and Auctioneer Ian Lindsay. This year Chef Steve is presenting a five course French menu with wine pairings introduced by Sommelier Cole Sisson. Tickets are $150 per person. All proceeds benefit the shelter.
INFORMATION: call Orcas APS at 376-6777
DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE @ ORCAS CENTER
(Thursday - Saturday, June 22-24; Friday, June 30 - Saturday, July 1, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 2, 2 pm @ OffCenter Stage) Dead Man's Cell Phone explores the paradox of modern technology's ability to both unite and isolate people in the digital age. The romantic comedy, written by Sarah Ruhl, describes the fragmentation of conversations, voices and lives, moves irreverently among subjects like mortality and memory, the selling of body parts, obsession with stationary paper, lobster bisque, the afterlife, and, of course, the eponymous cell phone.
There will be a reception following the Opening Night production June 22 in the Black Box. OffCenter productions sell out quickly so don't wait to get your tickets! Tickets: $17, $13 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members.
$5 Subsidized Tickets available at the Box Office.
FROM THE BRITISH ISLANDS TO ORCAS ISLAND
(Thursday - Saturday, June 22-24 @ Random Howse & June 24 @ Orcas Center)
Living historian Tames Alan will be giving presentations with the theme "From the
British Islands to Orcas Island". She will be doing two Downton Abbey presentations Thursday. $15 includes a period dessert and both talks at Random Howse.
Friday is a Shakespeare/Elizabethan presentation by donation. Saturday, she and her husband will teach an Elizabethan era dance lesson (no partners needed) at 2:00 pm and East coast swing dance lessons at 9:00 pm (no partner needed) followed by swing music dance until midnight.
Tames will be giving a Celtic dance lesson and Celtic life presentation at the Orcas Center on Sunday. More information about days and tim
LIBRARY GRAND OPENING
(Friday, June 23, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm @ Orcas Library)
INFORMATION: call 360-376-4985
The Orcas Island Library will be celebrating the grand opening of its new building addition. Join us for a free dinner, including bratwursts, hot dogs (meat and vegetarian), sauerkraut, ice cream, and cake. Come tour the beautiful new addition and new landscaping. At six p.m. we'll have a brief program, followed by more time to enjoy the new indoor and outdoor spaces. Also, there will be a no-host beer stand, courtesy of Island Hoppin' Brewery, with all proceeds going to the Friends of the Library.
4-FILM MINI-FEST AT SEA VIEW THEATER
(Friday and Saturday, June 23-34, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm)
6/23 @ 7:00pm: LANDLINE (USA) - uproarious slice-of-life story.
6/23 @ 9:00pm: THE KINGS CHOICE (NORWAY) - dramatic wartime epic.
6/24 @ 7:00pm: KILLS ON WHEELS (HUNGARY) - action-packed 'dramedy'.
6/24 @ 9:00pm: LADY MACBETH (UK) - based on novella "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk" .
Tickets: $12 per film / $40 for all 4 films
INFORMATION: Reserve tickets and get more details on each movie at
RESONANCE FIRST RESTIVAL ON ORCAS
(Friday-Sunday, June 23-25 @ Orcasong Farm)
Come join us for the first Restival on Orcas Island-Three days of Yoga, Meditation, Sound Healing, Herbalism and Movement Workshops! Day Passes are now available for islanders. In the evenings listen to beautiful, soulful music by OmTara, Pepper Proud and Peia Bird. You wont't want to miss out on this intentional gathering-limited tickets for sale-they will go quickly!
50th ANNIVERSARY PARTY AT ISLAND HARDWARE & SUPPLY
(Saturday, June 24, 7:30 am - 3:30 pm @ Island Hardware)
Kiwanis breakfast (7:00 am - 10:00 am). Contests, crafts and new building products. FREE Knife/Scissors sharpening (Limit 6). FREE Popcorn, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Sodas & Coffee. Door Prizes. Enjoy the sounds of Dr. Dirty & The Band Du Jour. 20% discount on all cash sales (except power tools, fuel & specialty items).
INFORMATION: call 376-4200
FAMILY FISHING DERBY
(Saturday, June 24, 9:00 am @ Cascade Lake)
Grab your poles and powerbait and join us for a Family Fishing Derby at Cascade Lake. We'll have prizes and a barbecue picnic at noon. To sign up, call Craig Carpenter at 376-4110. This event is hosted by the community church. All are welcome.
INFORMATION: call Craig Carpenter at 360-376-4110
SAIL ORCAS FUNDRAISING DINNER
(Saturday, June 24, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm @ OIYC Picnic Shelter)
Open House and Yard Sale 10-4 pm; Salmon or Steak Dinner 4-8 pm
$35 per dinner (your choice steak or salmon) $10 youth dinner (hamburger or hot dog). Dinner includes salad, potato and dessrt.
INFORMATION: Dinner tickets can be purchased on line at sailorcas.org or at the door.
(Saturday June 24, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm @ the Village Green)
Join us for the 2017 Farmers Market Season. The Farmers Market continues every Saturday through September at The Village Green. If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the market, please contact Mandy Griffith.
ORCAS ISLAND GARDEN TOUR: "ENCHANTED GARDENS"
(Saturday - Sunday, June 24 - 25, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Five Gardens invite you to explore a variety of special places on our beautiful Orcas Island. The gardens include: a whimsical garden tribute to childhood; a lovely pastoral garden tucked in the forest; a seaside rock sculpture garden; a moss and rock garden that commands a magnificent view and a delightful ornamental and veggie garden set in a picturesque valley. Tickets $20 / for sale at Driftwood Nursery, Darvill's Bookstore, Smith & Speed Mercantile, Crow Valley Pottery, and all garden locations on tour days only.
SUMMER SOLSTICE PARADE AND CELEBRATION
(Saturday, June 24, 12:00 pm @ Eastsound)
This is the 19th Annual Summer Solstice parade! The theme is Island Rhythms. This whimsical foot parade will wind its way up North Beach Road to the Stage on the Green for music and dancing. Everyone is invited to participate in this family friendly kick-off to summer. Please no written words, advertising, or livestock. Happy Summer!
INFORMATION: call 360-376-5458
HONORARY MAYOR OF EASTSOUND DEBATE
(Sunday, June 25, 1:00 pm @ Courtyard adjacent to the Barnacle)
Four canines and one cat will face some tough questions from moderator Evan Wagoner-Lynch when they take the stage in the first ever Honorary Mayor of Eastsound Debate. Whatever your political affiliation, the event is expected to leave attendees literally buzzing. Hosted by The Barnacle, the event will include some special cocktail offers in honor of current candidates, Dr. Spyder, Hudson, Skye, Toby and Tyrone. Immigration, global warming, heath care and any advance meetings with Russian officials are expected to be high on his list of questions. The election wraps up at 2:00 pm on July 1.
INFORMATION: cast your vote(s) online via oich.org
DOE BAY CONCERT
(Thursday, June 29, 7 - 9 pm @ Doe Bay Resort)
Dana Lyons of "Cows with Guns" fame is coming to play at Doe Bay. Bellingham-based and world famous, Dana's unique brand of Americana has earned him a worldwide following and now he has chosen Doe Bay to be the site of his first ever concert film. Come take part in this special evening of music. Tickets only $10 online via "Brown Paper Tickets": http://danalyonsatdoebay.bpt.me/
INFORMATION: call 360-376-2291
MATTHEW LASLO'S - MAGIC NOW
(Friday - Sunday, June 30, July 1, July 2, 7:30 pm @ Sea View Theatre )
A magic show for the entire family! Matthew Laslo takes to the stage at the Sea View theatre for a three-night engagement of his new show, MAGIC NOW. Laslo is an accomplished performer who made his national television debut on PENN & TELLER: FOOL US last summer and impressed Penn & Teller with his originality and showmanship. Joining him is his lovely assistant Maria Bullock and Kellen Comrie. There will be a pre-show BBQ with burgers, hot dogs and vegetarian/vegan options too! Lounge opens and BBQ starts at 5:30 pm each night of the show. Advance tickets are recommended, as they usually sell out! Tickets are $10. available at Darvills' Bookstore and online at seaviewmagicshow.bpt.me or matthewlaslo.com.
INFORMATION: Call the Sea View Theatre at 360-376-5724
EASTSOUND FIRE STATION PANCAKE BREAKFAST
(Saturday, July 1, 7:00 am - 11:00 am @ Eastsound Fire Station)
Come join the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Association for our Annual Pancake Breakfast. Volunteers will be serving up our secret recipe for pancakes, sausage, eggs, and beverages. Adults $8.00, Children $5.00, under 5 years of age eat FREE. All proceeds support your LOCAL Firefighters and EMT's. Wishing everyone a SAFE and HAPPY 4th of July and summer.
INFORMATION: call 360-376-2331
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
(Saturday, July 1, 10:00 am @ Village Green)
This is the 66th year that the Orcas Island Historical Museums has sponsored this summer celebration of the island's history. The day's festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. with the pie booth. Volunteers will be serving slices of home baked fruit pies. Pie a la mode is available as an option thanks to the contribution of Island Market. There will be a beer garden (supplied by Island Hoppin' brewery) and a hot dog stand (with equipment supplied by Kiwanis and Lions clubs). At 1:30 p.m. the Harvey Family will open up their logging show, demonstrating the skills used to fell and dress timber on the islands.
INFORMATION: call the museum at 360-376-4849
6TH ANNUAL FUNHOUSE COMMONS 5K RUN
(Tuesday, July 4, 9:00 am @ Eastsound Village Green)
We'll start promptly at 9:00 a.m. at the Eastsound Village Green. The run will include the Crescent Beach Trail, and will finish back at the Green. Zany patriotic wear is encouraged, and all are welcome to run or walk the route at their own pace. The 5K fee is $35 and includes a stainless steel water bottle while supplies last. Late registration on race day will be available for an additional $5.
At 10:00, kids can run a 1K race, for a $10 entry fee.
All proceeds benefit the Funhouse Commons and their programs for island kids.
4TH OF JULY "INTER-DEPENDENCE DAY" CELEBRATION
(Tuesday, July 4, 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm @ Orcasong Farm)
Come partake in a very special evening of learning, singing, lawn games, deep dialogue, food sharing, and eclectic musicians from near & far. Invite your friends and family for the late afternoon "Music as Medicine" workshop (3:00 - 6:00 pm) or come for the potluck & concert portion of the show (6:00 -10:pm) Dinner jazz music & opening set by The Living Arrows. Full concert by the SF Bay area's Lydia Violet Quartet. (Children very welcome, but please leave your pets at home. Alcohol is welcome, but drunkenness is not). $10-40 sliding scale
SITAR MASTER DEOBRAT MISHRA IN CONCERT
(Tuesday, July 4, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm@ Oddfellows Hall)
Internationally acclaimed sitar artist Pandit Deobrat Mishra returns to Orcas for a concert at the Oddfellows Hall, accompanied by Prashant Mishra on tabla. This is a rare opportunity to experience the transcendent music of India in an intimate setting. Proceeds support the non-profit DAYA Foundation and the Benares Academy of Indian Classical music.
SPOOKY TALES RETURNS AT ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUMS
(Wednesdays and Fridays, July 5- August 30, 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm)
Stories of Orcas ghosts, limekilns, and local folklore will be told this summer at the Pioneer Museum at 8:00 pm and the Crow Valley School Museum at 5:00 pm. Master Storyteller, Antoinette Botsford will again delight audiences this summer. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for those 18 and under and $2 off for Museum Members. Tickets may be purchased online, at either Museum, or at the performance.
ORCAS FOOD CO-OP OWNER DRIVE
Orcas Food Co-op is excited to announce that they will be growing the co-op community through the first annual Owner Drive "Join In July". New households that sign up during this month-long event will receive a free gift when they turn in their application. Those who pay in full up front will get a gift bag filled with great samples of favorite products near and far. Existing Co-op Owners can get in on the fun as well! Each week, the first 500 Owners who shop will receive special Co-op swag to show off their Co-op pride. Current Owners can also Refer a Friend!
NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR FUNHOUSE
Maureen Moran moved from Seattle to Orcas Island with her family in 2016. Her husband, Jim, works on the inter-island run for the Washington State Ferries. Her two children, Molly (7) and Theo (8-1/2), participate in many Funhouse programs.
Maureen spent over 12 years working as an executive assistant managing offices at the senior executive level at F5 Networks, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Safeco Insurance, and JPMorgan Chase. She also brings a background in theater, having directed, produced and performed in numerous productions at various Seattle nonprofit theaters.
OPALCO REQUESTS PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY SOLAR SURVEY
Please take the Community Solar survey - give us your input on how to build this new program! Deadline: June 23.
ORCAS WOMEN'S COALITION MEETING
We're hosting our quarterly meeting on Sunday, June 25th from 4-6 PM at the Orcas Public School Cafeteria. Feel free to arrive before 4PM for social networking and light refreshments. The meeting begins promptly at 4 with Opening Exercises, Announcements and Action Team Updates. After a brief break, we continue with presentations by Lisa Byers, Director of OPAL, Orcas' Community Land Trust, and Anne Bertino, coordinator of our Affordable Housing Action Team, about the challenges and solutions available to meet the housing needs in our community.
Orcas Island Rotary meets on Fridays at the Fire Station in Eastsound, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
PELINDABA AND ORCASONG EXPAND LAVENDAR PRODUCTION
Pelindaba and Orcasong announced a long-term strategic alliance to significantly expand Lavender production in the San Juan Islands. "Orcasong and Pelindaba share a common vision of creating and developing initiatives that improve life in the San Juan Islands, benefit the local community, and meet growing demand in a sustainable way. This alliance is another step in that direction and a natural extension of our core interests" said Paul King, Chief Operating Officer of Orcasong.
Restaurant News & Dining Deals
NEW HOURS AT MADRONA BAR AND GRILL AND THE LOFT
Madrona Bar and Grill:
Sunday-Thursday 11:30 - 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:30 - 10:00 pm
Open 5 nights a week: Wednesday - Sunday
Dinner at 5:00 pm, Lunch 12-4 Saturday & Sunday
INFORMATION: call 360-376-7171
SONGS BY BIDGET O'TOOLE AT CLEVER COW CREAMERY
Every Friday Night 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Cove square.
Enjoy your favorite ice cream, experience your first amazing bite of chocolate popcorn or just come and listen to Orcas Island's own Bridget O'Toole sing soft summer melodies in front of the Clever Cow Creamery on Friday evenings during the summer...Everyone welcome!
NEW HOURS FOR ROSARIO
The Mansion Restaurant and Moran Lounge
Breakfast: 8am-11 am (daily)
Lunch: 12pm-3pm (daily)
Oyster Hour 3pm - 5pm (daily)
Dinner: 5pm - 9pm (daily)
*Moran Lounge open until 10pm Fri/Sat
Cascade Bay Grill and General Store @ Rosario Marina
Restaurant: 11am-9pm (daily)
Store: 8am-9pm (daily)
THE ORCAS HOTEL
Serving Prime Rib Dinners every Wednesday in the Octavia Restaurant starting at 4:30 pm. Cafe open every day from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.
THE KITCHEN: WEEKLY SPECIAL
Small Roll - Sockey salmon salad Nori roll with ginger-wasabi-soy sauce, $5. Mixed vegetable Tempura with citrus-soy sauce, $7. Half size sesame noodle salad with rice stick noodles, vegetables, herbs and spices, on a small bed of greens, $8.
RED RABBIT DINNERS BEGIN AGAIN SUNDAY NIGHTS
Farm to Table Dinners featuring bounty of the season. Sundays beginning June 25 at 6:00 pm. Reserve at the Saturday Market or call Red Rabbit Farm.
BYOB. Limited seating. Dinners are $75, including tax. Enter using Peyton Lane.
SUGAR SHACK AT CASCADE LAKE
Open everyday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.
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, Tuesday-Saturday, 5:00 - 8:30 pm.
Patio is open.
Piano available for you pianists!
Thursdays, 7:30 pm @ Doe Bay Cafe
(Thursday Evenings - Sponsoring Teens in Public Service in June)
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 Teens in Public Service! Each Thursday in June, 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! This week our host is Sean Townsend.
(Fridays at 9:30 pm; Lower Tavern)
Karaoke! You know you want to check it out!
LIVE MUSIC WITH RON MYERS: DEER HARBOR INN
(Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 5 pm @ Deer Harbor Restaurant)
The Deer Harbor Inn Restaurant is open Thursday through Monday at 5:00 pm. We have live music with Ron Myers at the piano on Friday through Monday. We have a Fried Chicken special on Sunday nights. For information about catering send an email to email@example.com.
INFORMATION: call 360-376-1040
ROSARIO MUSIC CONCERT AND HISTORICAL NARRATIVE
(Tuesdays-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, 6:00 pm @ Rosario)
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, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ Rosario)
"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
IT'S TIME TO PLAN YOUR FALL REMODEL!
Every successful project starts with a plan. Let Plan4Space help you see your remodel before anyone lifts a hammer. If you are not sure which direction to go, 3D modeling is an excellent way to see your choices and play around with your ideas before the remodel gets started. Moving walls and appliances around is a lot easier on the computer first. We use your rough sketches, photos and ideas to create a 3D model that reflects your exact vision. Let's make a plan!
THE INVIGORATING MAUI FACIAL
(Special begins Saturday June 10th)
Delight the senses while transforming the look and feel of your skin! Get ready to be transported into a tropical paradise with the aromas of pineapple and papaya. You will experience increased circulation through enzyme stimulation, immediately resulting in a softer, more luminous complexion. Vitamin C, antioxidants, milk protein, and peptides all work harmoniously to increase the production of collagen and decrease fine lines. Skin will feel plumped and hydrated while the visible signs of aging are lessened.
This is a results-oriented facial that helps fight free radical damage, while accelerating the cell renewal process. A customized peel is also included.
INFORMATION: For appointment information visit OmariBeautyBar.com or call us at 360-378-7638
COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC
(Sunday, June 11, 1 - 5 pm @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio)
Heal~Flow Acupuncture treatments by Danielle Dyer will be based in Japanese constitutional acupuncture, which seeks to treat our root imbalances through fewer needles and gentle techniques. Danielle Dyer's style as a practitioner is rooted in touch. She uses information gathered from the pulse, tongue, channels and abdomen to make sure the treatment is right for your body and the moment. She also incorporate other forms of touch healing such as Reiki and bodywork in the community clinic. Treatments will be sliding scale $20-50. No appointment necessary.
INFORMATION: call 360-298-0218
Classes, Seminars & Workshops
LAST CALL FOR SUMMER THEATER CAMP
Camp starts June 26 to June 30, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, and is $250 per child.
This year, camp will be open to 15 students ages 8 to 13. The activities of the camp will be based on African rhythms, songs, dances and student constructed musical, percussion instruments made out of junk.
There will be a short performance at the end of camp on Center Stage on June. 30.
Featured this year will be a 2 hour master class at 6:30 on June 29, which will be open to the public, on junk instruments given by Canadian musician and junk orchestra conductor, Paul Snider (paulsnidermusic.com).
SUMMER SOLSTICE SALUTATION YOGA
(Saturday June 24 from 9:30 - 11:30am @ Orcas Mandala Studio)
Christine Comito will guide this special Solstice celebration in honor of the Sun and longest day. The class will mostly include variation on the Sun Salutation with a long and sweet Savasana, final rest. Live Music with Fabrice VanPutten.
$20 pre-paid or $25 at door.
PADDLE BOARD YOGA
(Sundays, June 25 - August 13, 9:45 am - 11:00 am @ Cascade Lake)
Join us at Orcas Adventures for this unique class and have the opportunity to move through a few Sea Salutations and enjoy some time to play and explore your balance. Bring your own board or rent a board from Orcas Adventures and find your way to a blissful experience on Cascade Lake's quiet waters. Our Paddle Board Yoga class is 1 hour long (check in is at 9:45am) and is taught by Christine Comito. Reservations are strongly recommended. $18 if you bring your own board, $28 with SUP board rental included.
CELTIC DANCE WORKSHOP & LIVING AMONG THE OAK GROVES
(Sunday, June 25, 3:00 pm Workshop & 7:30 pm Lecture @ Orcas Center)
Tickets are $8 which includes both the Celtic dance workshop at 3:00 pm and the performance at 7:30 pm. From the mists of time, music and dance have intertwined throughout the lives of the Celts, making it impossible to separate it from their culture. Tames Alan, Living Historian, presents Celtic dance workshop which offers a choice of three simple Scottish ceilidh dances. In the program, Learning Among the Oak Groves, Tames talks about what it was like to live in ancient Britain at the time of the Roman invasion. Part of her program centers on Celtic women and their training as wives, warriors, and leaders of worship. Included is a discussion of art, music, and dance.
INFORMATION: call 360-376-2281x1
JUNK MASTER CLASS WITH PAUL SNIDER
(Thursday, June 29, 6:30 pm @ Orcas Center)
Summer Theatre Camp and Paul Snider present Junk Master Class on Center Stage which will be open to the public. This 2 hour master class with junk instruments is given by Canadian musician and junk orchestra conductor, Paul Snider.
LIVING WELL WITH A DISABILITY
(Fridays June 30 - September 1, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, @ Orcas Senior Center)
San Juan County, in partnership with Washington Vocational Services presents: Living Well, a 10 week self management course designed specifically for people living in rural communities. This evidence based, peer led, health promotion workshop is based on the philosophy which recognizes that individual choices are essential components for living a full independent life. Participants will set and reach quality-of-life goals by developing a healthy life style. This is a FREE course. (6.8/6.22)
INFORMATION: Contact Cara Cohn 360-376-1014 to sign up.
COMMUNITY DANCE CLASS: SALSA
(Monday, July 3, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ Odd Fellows Hall)
We will be having another session of Salsa and are again privileged to have
Anthony and his friends return as our guest instructors. This is a great opportunity to
learn Salsa from a very experienced and talented dancer. The class is free and no
partner is needed. Come out and enjoy yourself while learning or improving your knowledge of dance. Learning to dance is good for your health, well being and ability to relate to others.
INFORMATION: call Bill at 376-8857 or Jean at 376-6549.
YOGA CLASSES WITH MASTER TEACHERS
(Thursday-Saturday, July 6 - 8 @ Orcas Mandala Studio)
Tias and Surya Little, of Prajna Yoga will be on Orcas to teach classes. They are two of the best Yoga Teachers in the world right now and it's a huge honor that they are visiting our gem of an island to share their magic. Their teaching has a depth and authenticity... a rare heart quality... and is a pure joy to experience. The classes are open to all levels and will include lecture, anatomy, dynamic and restorative yoga, meditation and deep insight.
Continuing Art & Museum Shows
ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUMS
The Pioneer Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm or by appointment. Admission is $5, there is a craft table for children to enjoy, and a great selection of Gift Shop items. 181 North Beach Road.
The Crow Valley School Museum is open every Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 pm or by appointment through Saturday, September 2. Admission by donation. Located at 1668 Crow Valley Road.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH at WASHINGTON FEDERAL
Washington Federal's June Artist of the Month is Barb Von Gunten. Join us Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm to enjoy Barb's mixed media pieces including ornamental nautical knotwork and crochets, paper quilts, etchings, collages, weavings, soft muslin sculpture, and beautiful watercolors. Quilt patterns such as Mollusks' Frolic and Snail's Trail feature in Barb's works, and offer tribute to Amish traditions and gardeners everywhere.
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
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
(Tuesday-Friday, 10 am - 5 pm)
June Art Exhibit: Terry's Johnson's Students
Art Opening Reception Friday, June 9, 5:30-7:00 pm
The exhibit will fill the lobby and Madrona Room during the month of June.
INFORMATION: call 360-376-2281
Public Meetings on Orcas Island
San Juan County's public meeting list is found here
Tuesday, July 11 (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, July 12 (8:30 am). Orcas Island Public Library Board (Library Meeting Room) Call 360-376-4985 for more information. Meets the second Wednesday of the month.
Wednesday, July 12 (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.
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
Madie Murray, Staff
Barb Buman, Volunteer
Michele Wiley, Volunteer