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Board of Directors
Susan Gudgell, President Colleen Armstrong, Vice President
Mary Clure, Secretary & Co-Treasurer
Kim Morgan, Co-Treasurer  
Shannon Borg
Charles Dalton
Lee Horswill
Mia Kartiganer
Audra Lawlor
Cindy Morgan
Mike Stolmeier


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Lance Evans
Executive Director

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

 
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OPEN MIC NIGHT @ THE DOE BAY CAFÉ WITH HOST PEPPER PROUD
(Thursday Evenings - Sponsoring Salmonberry School in February)  
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 Salmonberry School! Each Thursday in February, Doe Bay Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each entree sold to Salmonberry School. Great food, music and a fantastic cause! Our host this week is Pepper Proud.

INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-8059.


DYNAMIC MUSICAL DUO RETURNS TO EDUCATE AND ENTERTAIN

(Thursday, February 4 - Saturday, February 6)
The exciting duo of Miho Takekawa & Diego Coy are returning to Orcas February 1- 6 as Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Musicians-in-Residence.  Miho and Diego will conduct a Master Class in percussion, which is open to musicians of all ages, on Thursday, February 4, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm in the Public School Band Room. Admission is by donation, and, please, contact laura@oicmf.org to enroll.
Orcas seniors will be treated to a lunchtime performance by Miho and Diego Friday, February 5, during the Senior Center lunch.   Then on Saturday, February 6,  Miho and Diego will finish their whirlwind week by working with members of Island Sinfonia at noon in the Band Room.

INFORMATION: Email laura@oicmf.org.


LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
(Thursday, February 4, 7:30 pm)
NT Live brings us the Donmar Warehouse's highly anticipated new production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Josie Rourke (Coriolanus) directs this irresistible tale of seduction, intrigue, and betrayal. The cast includes Elaine Cassidy, Janet McTeer (The White Queen) and Dominic West (The Wire).  In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos' novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton's irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. Josie Rourke's revival now marks the play's thirty year anniversary. Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel. While these merciless aristocrats toy with others' hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.
$20, $15 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members
$5 subsidized tickets available in the Box Office

INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1
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FREE TO ROCK AT THE SEA VIEW THEATRE
(Thursday, February 4, 7:30 pm @ the Sea View Theatre)
Here's a treat for you, a return engagement from OIFF 2015!   This was such a hit during the festival and folks have been urging us to do it again, so here you go...
FREE TO ROCK is directed by 4 Time Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker Jim Brown and Narrated by Kiefer Sutherland.  Free to Rock is a documentary film that explores the soft power of Rock and Roll music to open hearts and minds and to plant dreams in the imagination of youth behind the Iron Curtain. The U.S. documentary film 'Free to Rock' tells the story of how, as a critical form of free expression, rock 'n' roll music was instrumental in bringing down the Iron Curtain, and leaving open the question of what rock music's role against the current retrograde regime in Russia might be.
All net proceeds to benefit Orcas Island Film Festival.
Join in the discussion!  After FREE TO ROCK showing, there will be a panel discussion with producer Nick Binkley, Joanna Stingray (who is featured in the film) and Valery Saifudinov, one of the first Soviet rockers.

INFORMATION: Advance tickets available here
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TAMING OF THE SHREW
(Saturday, February 6, 6:30 pm)
Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and docile Bianca, including Luciento. However her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered shrew Katharina, is herself married. French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot lands a coup with his adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy tailored specifically to the Bolshoi dancers, and achieves a magnetic two hours of breathtaking, nonstop dance unlike any other, portraying the Bolshoi's audacity and energy in a completely new way. This new production was staged exclusively for the Bolshoi and cannot be seen anywhere else!
$20, $15 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members
$5 subsidized tickets available in the Box Office
$20, $15 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members
$5 subsidized tickets available in the Box Office

INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x 1
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MOVIE OF THE WEEK @ SEA VIEW THEATRE: CAROL 
(Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm) 
An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman. Rated R. Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson.
The lounge opens @ 6:30 pm for beer, wine, concessions and conversation.   

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


RAINSHADOW RUNNING ORCAS ISLAND AT MORAN STATE PARK
Saturday, February 6:
The Orcas Island 50k is quite unique in the trail running world. The course alone makes this race special - old-growth forests, tough climbs, and spectacular views of surrounding islands, mountains, and Puget Sound - but what truly sets it apart is the sense of community.
Sunday, February 21:
Rainshadow's inaugural 100-miler on Orcas Island

INFORMATION: Visit http://www.rainshadowrunning.com/ or http://parks.state.wa.us/Calendar.aspx?EID=1342&month=2&year=2016&day=4&calType=0



HOW BIRDS FLY: PHOTOGRAPHS & STORIES WITH NASA RESEARCHER
(Sunday, February 7, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm @ Orcas Center)
Peter Cavanagh, NASA researcher, University of Washington professor, and photographer, will explain the intricacies of bird flight and how our observation of it has influenced aircraft design. Peter's lecture will be illustrated by his spectacular photographs, and will include the evolution of flight, the basic physics and anatomy of flight, and stories about the flight of unusual birds and the people who have studied them. Sponsored by Friends of the San Juans and Orcas Currents.

INFORMATION: Call 360-378-2319
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NOTHING REMAINS: FREE SUNDAY PRESENTATION IN THE INDRALAYA LIBRARY

(Sunday, February 7, 4:00 - 5:00 pm in the Indralaya Library)
Nothing Remains: The Metaphysics and Music of David Bowie
From a Theosophical Perspective with Minor Lile
David Bowie, English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, painter and actor impacted popular culture for over 5 decades. Bowie's spiritual search is reflected in his music and artistry.
Location: Indralaya, 360 Indralaya Road, Eastsound

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

ORCAS ISLAND GREEN DRINKS 
(Tuesday, February 9, 5:00 - 6:30 pm @ Orcas Food Co-op Commons)
Join Us for Orcas Island Green Drinks. Let's Talk About Island Communication- What's happening with Rock Island and other ISP offerings? We provide refreshments & snacks  ~ Donations Appreciated. It's a Social Time for Thriving & Resilient Island Community Builders. Green Drinks is a project of Thrive Orcas Island.


DEER HARBOR FEBRUARY POTLUCK
(Friday, February 12, 6:30 pm @ Deer Harbor Community Club)
Please, join us for our February Potluck! Stormy Hildreth will be providing entertainment! Bring a dish to share, your place setting, and beverage. See you there!   

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-5404.


I CANTORI CONCERT ON OI @ ORCAS CENTER STAGE
(Friday, February 12, 6:30 pm @ Orcas Center)
Walla Walla University presents I Cantori performance touring choir. This is a community presentation.  No charge and no contributions.

INFORMATION: If you have any questions, call 360-376-6683 or 360-298-5008.


DEMENTIA/ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
(Wednesday, February 24; 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm @ the Senior Center)
The Senior Center is pleased to announce the formation of a Dementia/Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group to meet at the Senior Center. Facilitated by Larry Hughes, Aging & Family Case Coordinator, caregivers will have the opportunity to meet with others who are currently caring for loved ones with Dementia/Alzheimer's to receive practical and emotional support. Supervision will be available for care receivers at the Senior Center during the meeting. The group will first meet Wednesday, February 24, from 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm. Lunch will be available for a $5 donation per person.

INFORMATION: Pre-registration is required by calling the Senior Center at 360-376-2677 or by e-mailing orcasheartsandhands@gmail.com.


MARINE SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES: SERGE DEDINA ON SURFING THE BORDER
(Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 - 8:30 pm @ the Emmanuel Parish Hall)
Conservationist Serge Dedina, co-founder and executive director of WILDCOAST, has dedicated his life to protecting the coastline of California and Mexico. Working on both sides of the border, Dedina has been instrumental in preserving more than 1.8 million acres of coastal habitat. His other books include Saving the Gray Whale and Wild Sea.
This year's lecture series is produced by SeaDoc and YMCA Camp Orkila. It's sponsored by Tom and Nate Averna / Deer Harbor Charters, Barbara Brown, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Dean and Audrey Stupke, West Sound Marina, WWW Foundation: Bryce and Sue Rhodes, and Martha Wyckoff in honor of Lee Rolfe. It's co-sponsored by Barbara Bentley & Glenn Prestwich. Note that this event is on Wednesday, not Tuesday. This event is free.


BRUSH UP YOUR TALENTS FOR OPEN MIC AT ORCAS CENTER
(Saturday, February 27, 7:30 pm @ Orcas Center)
Brush up your talents, whatever they may be, you're the star! Join Gordon and Anita as they host the second ever Orcas Center Main Stage Open Mic, Saturday, Feb. 27, 7:30 pm. No pre-recorded music please, just you, your talent, our mic (max 3 songs or 10 minutes, whichever comes first).


100 MUSICIANS!  1 GREAT CAUSE!
(Sunday, March 6, 3:00 pm in the Old School Gym)
It's the biggest concert on Orcas Island, and it happens just once a year!  The community is invited to attend the Music Advocacy Group's (MAG) 19th annual benefit concert for the Orcas School Music Program on Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m. in the old school gym.  The concert features more than 100 musicians from the Orcas Choral Society, Island Sinfonia, Orcas Island Community Band, and Orcas Public School.  Admission is by donation, and all proceeds go to MAG, a 501(c)(3) organization.  Those who cannot attend but wish to donate can make checks payable to "MAG" and mail them to MAG, P.O. Box 1171, Eastsound, WA  98245.


ORCAS ISLAND ROWING ASSOCIATION UPCOMING EVENTS
(Saturday, March 19, 11:30 am @ Cascade Lake)
OIRA Home Regatta Dual Duel. The event will be held at Cascade Lake at the boat house on Saturday, March 19, beginning around 11:30 am.
(Sunday, March 20, 7:30 am @ Camp Orkila)
Island Madness Indoor Rowing Fest (IMIRF) will take place at the Norman Lodge Dining Hall at Camp Orkila. Competition starts at 7:30 am and is open to the public.
(Sunday, June 5, 4:00 pm @ Maple Rock Farm)
OIRA Annual Fundraising Dinner. This will be held at Maple Rock Farm on Sunday, June 5, beginning at 4:00.

INFORMATION: Please, visit http://orcasislandrowing.org/ or call 360-901-7536 or 360-376-2397
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Shop the Rock
  

ROCKIN' A-STREET SALE MONDAY AND TUESDAY!!
(Monday, February 8 & Tuesday, February 9)
To kick off the week leading up to Valentine's Day, SCORE! NIFTY THRIFTY
and THE OFFICE CUPBOARD are both offering Big Sales on Monday, February 8th, and Tuesday, February 9th -- 20% off everything in the Shop at SCORE!! NIFTY THRIFTY, and 20% off everything in THE OFFICE CUPBOARD ART ROOM.  At the Post Office Building (221 A Street).  Great Gifs for your Valentine (or yourself!).


MUSEUM STORE SWEETHEART SALE
(Friday, February 12 & Saturday, February 13 @ the OI Historical Museum)
The Orcas Island Historical Museum is holding a Sweetheart Sale, 2 days only, on Februry 12 and 13. Most items are 50% off. Some of the items you will find deeply discounted are T-shirts, cards, mugs, calendars, caps, bison charms, and quilt sets. Now is the time to visit your local museum for a sweetheart of a deal!

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4849.



THE ORCAS ISLAND ARTWORKS
The Orcas Island Artworks reopens for the 2016 season Friday, February 12. Please welcome three fabulous new artists: Robert Dash, photography; Sean Forest Roberts, ceramics; and Ashley Ryder, jewelry. Open daily 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4408.


FEBRUARY VALENTINE SPECIALS* AT A MASSAGE BY THE SEA!
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE
Couples Romance or Duet Massage with friends/relatives: Aromatherapy, Warm Stone Therapeutic Massage with two tables, two therapists and the two of you creating a healing memory in our whimsical by the sea suite! One hour $65 each (regular price $95)
Singular person: Enjoy a therapeutic relaxing "Orcas Seaside Special" with Warm Stones, Aromatherapy and Harmonic Sound Healing!
One hour $45 (regular price $85)
We are located next to the Madrona Bar & Grill, 344 Main, Suite 103
*This special is offered to Orcas Island residents only.*

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-8006 or 206-486-4325.


HEALING ARTS CENTER VALENTINE'S GIFT CERTIFICATE SALE
Our biggest sale of the year -- one more time! 15% off all Gift Certificates purchased between February 1 - 14.
Resolving to take better care of yourself this year?  Why not treat you or your sweet with a treatment at The Healing Arts Center.  Give the gift of an experience they'll remember and take 15% off our regular-priced gift certificates. That's $68 for a one-hour treatment or $98 for 90 minutes of massage, acupuncture, and more - with any of our amazing practitioners.  Stop by the Healing Arts Center or call 360-376-4002.  Someone is usually available from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, or purchase your gift certificate on our Web site: orcashealingarts.com. (##)


EMERALD ISLE SAILING CHARTERS FOR 2016  
Happy January from us at Emerald Isle Sailing Charters! The new year has begun, and with the new year comes our 2016 pricing. Book before February 15th and take advantage of last years prices! We would love to have you aboard for a beautiful trip filled with awe-inspiring scenery, wildlife and relaxation! Visit our website for more details! (##)

INFORMATION: Visit www.emeraldislesailing.com for more details.


PRESSURE WASHING, DECK & DRIVEWAY CLEANING
Have your decks and patios pressured washed. Avoid leaf buildup and slippery walkways by having your driveway and walks raked free of branches and having the leaves blown off. Gutter cleaning, moss control and removal. Contact Orcas Island Concierge and Property Services: Tim at 360-472-0330 and Sonia at 360-610-2887. (#)

INFORMATION:  Email info@orcasislandconcierge.com or visit www.orcasislandconcierge.com.


HOUSE WINTERIZATION AND HOME WATCH
During this time of cold and stormy weather, we offer winterization to help protect your pipes and plumbing from freezing. While you are away, we can schedule home checks: thorough inspection outside and inside, complete with photos and written report. Contact Orcas Island Concierge and Property Services: Tim at 360-472-0330 and Sonia at 360-610-2887.(##)

INFORMATION: Email info@orcasislandconcierge.com or visit www.orcasislandconcierge.com.

   
Restaurant News & Dining Deals


PRIME RIB NIGHT AT THE ORCAS HOTEL
Wednesdays from 5:00 to 8:30 pm.  Please, call 360-376-4300 for reservations.

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4300.



CATKIN CAFE TO BE OPEN ON VALENTINE'S DAY

Catkin Cafe will be open Sunday, February 14th, 5:30 - 9:00 pm for a Valentine's day dinner with Chef Angela Emery. Reservations recommended. Walk-ins welcome.  

INFORMATION: For reservations, call 360 376-3242.


ROSES BAKERY CAFE IS OPEN AS OF FEBRUARY 1
Roses Bakery Cafe is now open!  The Cafe hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm;  Store hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  As usual, we will be offering prix fixe for Valentine's dinner on Saturday, February 13

INFORMATION: Contact Roses for details at 360-376-4292.


THE KITCHEN IS CLOSING FOR REMODELING
The Kitchen is closing for a remodel project. This is our last week of food service, ending Thursday, February 4. We will be closed for two months and plan to re-open at the beginning of April.


MIA'S TO HOST WINTERTIDE - POP-UP FINE DINING

(Fridays and Saturdays through the end of February)
Mia's is hosting WinterTide - pop-up fine dining, every Friday and Saturday through the end of February. Chef Dirul is serving up great flavors that have already been enjoyed by many locals during his inaugural weekend.
The hours are from 5:00 - 9:00 pm.  Mia's Cafe is also serving dinner Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings. Come enjoy good friends at the wine bar.

INFORMATION: Reservations are encouraged via orcaswintertide@gmail.com or by calling the cafe at 360-376-6427.


BODEGA BASI AT MIA'S
(Tuesday, February 9, 5:00 - 7:30 pm @ Mia's)
Can't make it to Spain for Carnaval?  Come to Mia's for "Bodega Basi"!  Tuesday night, February 9, 5:00 - 7:30pm. Basilio Rodriguez Gruedo of Casa Ventura Imports will pour six fabulous Spanish wines while Mia makes tapas. 

INFORMATION: Call the cafe at 360-376-6427


MIJITAS THREE-WEEK BREAK
Thank you Orcas for a great year! Mijitas will be closed February 14 - March 8. We look forward to seeing you upon our return.


CAFE OLGA'S
NEW FEBRUARY HOURS
 
Cafe Olga will be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays in February.  The cafe will be open all other days from 7:00 am 0 3:00 pm.

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-5098.



DOE BAY FEST TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR LOCALS!
(Sundays at Doe Bay Café)
Doe Bay Fest 2016 is slated for August 4 - 8 and, as always, the tickets are limited and highly sought after.  We do save aside some tickets specifically for Orcas Locals so that our Island community can join us for this musical highlight of the summer!  To purchase tickets, please eat at the Doe Bay Café for SUNDAY DINNER sometime this winter.  Let your server know you want to buy Doe Bay Fest tickets and they will get you set up.  Please, make an advance reservation if possible (360-376-8059), and do bring proof of your local address.  Tickets for Doe Bay Fest 9 are $150, but Locals that eat in the Café on Sunday nights get a SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICING of $100 per ticket!  Please, join us for dinner some Sunday this winter, and get your tickets for the hottest show on-island this summer! (#)

INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-8059.


THE MANSION RESTAURANT AT ROSARIO  
The Mansion Restaurant is now open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Locals will receive a 10% discount.
 
The Mansion Restaurant offers casual dining in the historic Moran Mansion at Rosario Resort. Enjoy delicious local seafood, meats and produce in a spectacular waterfront location. Wine and cocktails are served by the romantic fire in the rich mahogany turn-of-the-century setting of the Moran Lounge.

Continuing Restaurant Specials
  
RANDOM HOWSE IN JANUARY
We will be open for delicious Thai food Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.
Wednesday is Open Mic, usually starting around 7:00 pm.
Friday we will be open for dining only.
  • Wednesdays: OPEN MIC, starts about 7 pm.  Always happy surprises!
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-1111 or visit Randomhowse.com or facebook.com/randomhowse

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

INFORMATION: Call 360-317-4848.



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 @ THE DOE BAY CAFÉ WITH HOST PEPPER PROUD    
(Thursday Evenings - Sponsoring Salmonberry School in February)  
(Thursday Evenings - Sponsoring Salmonberry School in February)  
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 Salmonberry School! Each Thursday in February Doe Bay Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each entree sold to Salmonberry School. Great food, music and a fantastic cause! Our host this week is Pepper Proud.

INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-8059.


UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE DOE BAY CAFÉ    
Valentine's Day weekend: Live music weekend with Portland's Anna Tivel and Jeffrey Martin!
Saturday night: 7:30 - 9:00 pm in the cafe.
Sunday night: 5:00 - 6:15 pm and 8:00 - 9:15 pm (for the two Valentine seatings offered) in the cafe.
No cover. Reservations very highly recommended!
Friday, February 19 - Saturday, February 20
Live Music weekend with Rory James/Kingdom Pine/Faint Peter and friends...
Friday night in the Cafe 7:30-9 pm. No cover. Reservations recommended!
Saturday night in the Yoga Studio 8-10 pm. No cover!

INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-8059.


LIVE MUSIC AT THE DEER HARBOR INN RESTAURANT
(Fridays & Saturdays) 
Come enjoy live piano with Ron Meyers every Friday and Saturday night for dinner and Fried Chicken Dinners on Sundays.  Open for dinner daily from 5 - 9 pm.
 
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-1040 for reservations.
 
 

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



ROSARIO MUSIC CONCERT AND HISTORICAL NARRATIVE
(Saturdays, 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.     
INFORMATION: Call Rosario at 360-376-2152, ext. 300.
 

LIVE MUSIC AT ROSARIO 
(Saturdays at 6:00 - 9:00 pm) 
Enjoy the incredible guitar playing and smooth vocals of Orcas Island's own Gene Nery.  Also, Rosario has a new chef, so come and sample the cuisine! 
   
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222.

 
Classes & Seminars 


SOOTHING SELF-MASSAGE TECHNIQUES WORKSHOP W/ KATHY ALBERS
(Saturday, January 30, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio)
Professional Massage techniques to reduce tension, reduce Trigger Points, release tight large muscle groups, increase blood & lymph flow and brig an overall sense of relief to tight, strained, overworked muscle tissue. Learn how to massage yourself with yoga blocks, tennis balls and your own body. This class will give you some basic skills in relieving chronic tension, headaches, neck & low back tension, tight hamstrings, postural alignment issues involving the psoas and carpal tunnel syndrome. This Workshop will include a few Restorative Yoga postures to aid in healing the nervous system. Open to all levels. No Yoga experience required.
WORKSHOP ~ $25

INFORMATION: www.orcasmandala.com or 360-298-0218.


NEW STUDENT YOGA SPECIAL @ ORCAS MANDALA YOGA STUDIO

3 Yoga classes for $20 (Orcas residents only)
3 Private Yoga Sessions for $195 (Orcas residents only)
(For students NEW to Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio only)
Location: 138 North Beach Road, next to the Orcas Food Coop.

INFORMATION: Please, visit www.orcasmandala.com or call 360-298-0218.


SLOW YOGA
(Wednesdays 9:00 - 10:30 am @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio)
A gentle, slow- paced Yoga class designed for beginners, students rehabilitating from past injuries, students over 50, or any students who wants a slower paced, less strenuous class. Take your practice slower! Explore the safe and correct way to do yoga and learn how to modify the yoga poses to suit your individual needs according to age, strength and flexibility. Receive individualized attention and hands-on assists in a safe and open learning environment.
Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio

INFORMATION: Please, visit www.orcasmandala.com or call 360-298-0218.


OpenSense: SILENCE AND SONG: SINGING THE WORLD ALIVE! 
(Mondays, March 7, 14, 21, 28; 7:00 - 9:30 pm @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio)
Workshop Series with Susan Osborn
When we open ourselves to sing, we enter the mystery of being alive.  Approaching singing as a kind of meditation, we can experience the beauty and power of this mystery, and it's relationship to the silence out of which all life arises and returns. We will explore the relationship between singing and the emotional body, prayer, communion, and meditation.
We will sing together as a group and also provide opportunities for individual singing.  We will explore the opportunity available to a singer to move beyond story surrounding emotion. We will engage directly with the energy of emotion through singing, consciously allowing this energy to move and change and consequently, to enrich the sound of the voice.  We will dwell in the silence revealed at the end of the song.  
This class is available for anyone who has had a longing to sing, experienced or not, as a way to experience and reclaim this basic human gift of creativity.  
Pre-registration Required: The class needs a minimum of 12 participants committed to all 4 classes.
Workshop Series: Early-Bird Special $100 (before February 25)
TOTAL: $120 (After February 22)

INFORMATION: www.orcasmandala.com or 360-298-0218

 
THE FUNHOUSE EXPANDS MENTORING PROGRAM FOR TEENS 
  • The Funhouse is expanding their mentoring program! Due to a grant from the Department of Social and Health Services' Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DSHS/DBHR), the Funhouse will be reaching into the community to find adults who are willing to share their talents and interests with Orcas teens.
  • Along with setting up one-on-one mentor matches, the Funhouse will offer group mentoring classes as part of an exciting new Friday evening schedule for both middle and high school students, starting in February.
  • The Funhouse will host an outdoor adventure program, a workshop series with Beth Jenson for 6th-9th graders, an evening of topic exploration, and an evening of skill classes taught by talented Orcas community members.
  • There will also be a Job/Experience Fair this spring. This expansion in the Funhouse mentoring program will enhance opportunities for teens to explore what they are interested in and give them direct experience. Teens will also have learning opportunities with adults who have succeeded in these areas.
If you are interested in sharing your expertise and experience with Orcas teens, or if you are a teen looking for an adult mentor, please, contact the Funhouse.

INFORMATION: Visit the Funhouse Web site for a full description of all offerings and updated times and dates at www.funhousecommons.org. You can also contact Rebecca with any questions at 360-376-7177 or email Rebecca@thefunhouse.org.
 
 
TWO NEW WORKSHOPS AT CENTER WORKS PILATES AND WELLNESS STUDIO 
Center Works Pilates and Wellness Studio is offering two great workshops to get you started on your path to health and wellness. Classes run for 6 weeks, include a make-up week after, and days and times will be set depending on student availability -- so be in touch and let us know you are interested!!

INTRODUCTION TO PILATES WORKSHOP
$160 plus tax - over 25% off our regular mat class prices (plus you get to try the equipment!) 
6 weeks of class, meeting twice a week - 12 classes total! 
55 minute classes 
Learn the Beginner Pilates Mat work, be introduced to the Intermediate Work (after the workshop any of our drop-in mat classes will be an option for you!) 
Have fun and be challenged with the addition of a variety of small props 
Learn the Six Principles of Pilates (strength, stretch, stamina, control, concentration, and breath) and how to incorporate them into both your workout routine and your life-this is where everything changes!! 
Last two classes include work on the Pilates Tower and Reformers - a great way to learn about the other Pilates options in the studio!

EXPLORATIONS INTO GYROKINESIS/GYROTONIC WORKSHOP
$160 plus tax    
6 weeks of class, meeting twice a week - 12 classes total!  
55 minute classes 
Experience and start learning the Gyrotonic method through the seated chair and floor work of Gyrokinesis in a small group of other beginners 
Be exposed to the concepts of spinal lengthening, opening, balance, breath, and co-ordination that make the Gyrotonic method so fabulous for the body 
Included in this package are 2 sessions on the Gyrotonic tower during the last week of the workshop-feel and learn how the tower supports the movements 
Location:188 A Street (Front corner unit of the Athletic Center Building), Eastsound

INFORMATION: For questions or to sign up, please, contact the studio 360-376-3659 or at centerworksstudio@gmail.com.


CROWDFUNDING WORKSHOP OFFERED BY THE SAN JUAN COUNTY EDC
(Monday, February 8, 9:30 - 11:30 am @ the SJI Public Library)
Crowdfunding is an exciting way for entrepreneurs to ask for monetary pledges from individuals using online services like Kickstarter. Learn how to procure money for your business through crowdfunding during an informative workshop offered by the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC). Crowdfunding has significantly expanded the way that small U.S. companies can raise growth funds, launch new products and find new customers. The presentation led by EDC director and marketer Victoria Compton, will cover Crowdfunding law, how much money companies can raise (and where they can raise it), and how to set up a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Materials and snacks are included. Click here to view event poster.
Location: the San Juan Island Public Library at 1010 Guard Street in Friday Harbor
Cost: $20 per person   
Advance registration is required. For tickets, visit: www.sanjuansedc.org/crowdfunding

INFORMATION: Call 360-378-2906 or email info@sanjuansedc.org.


PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR: VALENTINE DANCE AT  ODD FELLOWS HALL
(Saturday, February 13, 7:30 pm @ the Odd Fellows Hall)
Please, note: This dance is by donation.
On February 13, a Valentine Dance will be held at the Oddfellows Hall. The dance will begin with the big band sounds of Orcatrazz from 7:30 until 9:30, and be followed by a DJ with an assortment of music. The dance is by donation with all monies received going to the Odd Fellows Scholarship Fund and the Music Advocacy program which assists students with music in the public schools.  This promises to
be a lively and joyful event.
This dance is important in that many people have mentioned that there is not enough
ballroom dancing on the island.  We would like to rectify that situation by holding
dances more frequently.  But to do that, we need your participation at this dance
to show that you really want more events like this.  This is your chance to get out
and dance and have a great evening.

INFORMATION: For further information, call Bill at 360-376-8857.


EDC, SJIVB OFFER TWO BROCHURE DESIGN WORKSHOPS
(Tuesday, February 23, 2:30 - 4:00 pm @ the San Juan Island Public Library;
Wednesday, February 24, 9:30 - 11:30 am @ the Orcas Island Public Library)
The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC), in partnership with the San Juan Islands Visitors' Bureau (SJIVB,) are offering two free workshops entitled Effective Design for Tourism, February 23 and 24 , on San Juan Island and Orcas Island. The workshops focus on designing brochures for tourism marketing, revealing aspects of print marketing design which can be used by any business, and showcasing highly-effective brochures.  Workshop attendees are invited to bring their current brochures and print materials for an interactive review.

INFORMATION: Advance registration is required; please, call 360-378-2906 to reserve your space or email: info@sanjuansedc.org.  For more details about the workshop, click here.
 

Announcements
 

THE INDRALAYA LIBRARY IS OPEN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS 
The Indralaya Library is open most Wednesday afternoons, 1:00 to 3:30 pm, October through April. The collection includes books on religion, philosophy, theosophy, healing and meditation.
 
INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-4526 or email office@indralaya.org.


TEDx ORCAS ISLAND TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW 
Our 2016 Speakers' Line Up is now available at www.tedxorcasisland.com
Tickets are now ON SALE and can be purchased through our website.  
Catered Luncheon can be purchased with your ticket and will be served in the Madrona Room.
See you on March 5th!


TAX HELP TO BE OFFERED AT ORCAS ISLAND SENIOR CENTER 
(Fridays from February 12 - April 15, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm @ the Orcas Senior Center) 
Jim Biddick and John Carl will be available to assist with taxes at the Orcas Senior Center on Fridays from February 12 to April 15 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The tax service is for low to moderate income taxpayers. 
The program is not associated with the IRS TaxAide program and is not a for profit program. The taxpayer will be responsibile for all information provided and for the completeness and correctness of the tax return. Returns must be filed by mail. 
The service is free, but a donation of $5 is appreciated to cover program costs; any profit is donated to the Senior Center.


OPENING ART RECEPTION FOR GALLERY SHOW AT ORCAS CENTER 
(Friday, February 5, 5:30 - 7:00 pm) 
"The Human Figure" 
An opening reception for the show and artists will be held on Friday, February 5, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm, and the featured works will be on display until Wednesday, March 2nd.  All submitted pieces need to be in a ready to hang condition, including hardware and wire, and sculptures need to be in stable condition for mounting on provided stands.  The works on display may be offered for sale if the artist so chooses. 
"On and Off the Wall" 
In addition to the featured show in the lobby, artists are invited to bring other of their works for the general show of On and Off the Wall, which will run until Wednesday, March 2nd in the Madrona Room.  The Visual Arts Committee regularly offers monthly exhibits at the Center and welcomes the participation and sharing of their work by all members of the community.  (#)

INFORMATION: For further information or questions, call Pat Littlewood at 360-376-3050.


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

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


THE MOBILE CSO IS COMING TO EASTSOUND
(Tuesday, February 9 & Wednesday, February 10; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm @ Orcas Island Community Church)
The Mobile Community Services Office (CSO) is coming to the Orcas Island Community Church in Eastsound.  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.
In addition, the Division of Child Support (DCS) will on the truck on Tuesday, February 9, to assist you with your case or questions.


CANCER SURVIVORSHIP MEETING
(Thursday, February 11, 5:00 pm @ the Community Church)  
The Cancer Survivorship Meeting is Thursday, February 11th, in the Fireside Room at the Community Church. The meeting starts at 5:00 pm and there will be special "red treats" and lots of love and support! This is a monthly no cost, confidential support group for anyone you know dealing with issues related to cancer.  
 
INFORMATION: Call Bogdan or Carol at 360-376-4198 for more information.


DEMENTIA/ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
(Wednesday, February 24; 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm @ the Senior Center)
The Senior Center is pleased to announce the formation of a Dementia/Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group to meet at the Senior Center. Facilitated by Larry Hughes, Aging & Family Case Coordinator, caregivers will have the opportunity to meet with others who are currently caring for loved ones with Dementia/Alzheimer's to receive practical and emotional support. Supervision will be available for care receivers at the Senior Center during the meeting. The group will first meet Wednesday, February 24, from 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm. Lunch will be available for a $5 donation per person.

INFORMATION: Pre-registration is required by calling the Senior Center at 360-376-2677 or by e-mailing orcasheartsandhands@gmail.com.


LAST CALL FOR BOARDING! FERRY RIDE TO FOREVER
(Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 at the Odd Fellows Hall)
Final weeks for wedding vendors for Ferry Ride To Forever- The 2016 Orcas Island Wedding Expo held Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 at the Odd Fellows Hall! The boutique booths sold out fast, but we still have basic vendor booths available until Sunday, February 14.
A 10x10 basic booth space for the weekend are only $200.00 and still includes a 6-foot table, 2 chairs, a creme linen tablecloth and access to electricity if specified. Exhibitors will also receive a Visitor List of all attendees two weeks after The Show in Excel format, a basic listing on the new FerryRideToForever.Com for one year, an ad in the Ferry Ride To Forever Show Program, 2 tickets to The Ferry Ride To Forever Red Carpet Gala and Champagne Reception hosted by Asher & Olive, and the After Party hosted by I'm Sara Brown Photography now featuring surprise performances that you do NOT want to miss.

INFORMATION: For more information, please visit FerryRideToForever.Com and we hope to see you at the show!



SAVE THE DATE FOR THIS YEAR'S FILM FESTIVAL
(Friday, October 7 - Monday, October 10, 2016)
Hello, Film Lovers. We are still basking in the success and fun we all had from our recent Orcas Island Film Festival 2015.  "Five of our films from this year are nominated for Academy Awards.  One of our films 'Room' is nominated for 3 Academy awards!  This speaks volumes of the kind of quality films were are getting thanks to Carl Spence. SAVE THE DATE for this year's festival: October  7 - 10, 2016. (##)


 
Continuing Art & Museum Shows
 

THE GALLERY OPEN BY APPOINTMENT 
The Gallery, a cooperative of local artists, is presently open by appointment. Please, call Jo Anderson at 360-376-3460 to view the current exhibition. The Gallery is located at 374 North Beach Road, across from Enzo's.
 

ART EXHIBITS @ ORCAS CENTER & OPENING ART RECEPTION
(Reception: Friday, February 5, 5:30 - 7:00 pm;
Exhibit: Friday, February 5 - Wednesday, March 2)
Opening Art Reception: Friday, February 5, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Visual Arts Committee (VAC) Show: Figure Drawing
Madrona Room & Lobby Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


CHECK OUT THIS MONTH'S ARTIST AT WASHINGTON FEDERAL
(New art every month) 
Washington Federal's Artist of the Month for February 2016 is Maggie Sharkey, co-owner of Orcas Art Studios. Maggie's pastels glow with indirect light, inviting the viewer to look more closely at the beautiful and sometimes whimsical details in her deeply colored landscape and still life paintings. Please come in and enjoy the art.

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

INFORMATION:  Call 360-376-4544

 
ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Museum opens February 10th,  Wednesday through Saturdays, 12:00 - 3:00 pm (Winter hours) 
The Museum office is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Tours can be arranged by appointment.
The Orcas Island Historical Museum is unique in being the only object-based, interpretive heritage facility for the island, with a permanent collection comprised of approximately 6000 objects, paper documents and photographs.

INFORMATION:  Call the Museum at 360-376-4849.

 
MORAN MANSION MUSEUM TOURS
(Open Daily 9 am - 9 pm)
The Mansion is open to the public for a self-guided tour from 9 am - 9 pm daily.  The tour is free.  
 
INFORMATION: Call Rosario at 360-376-2152, ext. 300.
 
Public Meetings on Orcas Island

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

Tuesday, February 9  (8:30 am). Orcas Island Public Library Board (Library Meeting Room) Call 360-376-4985 for more information. Meets the second Tuesday of the month.
 
Tuesday, February 9 (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 Web site: www.orcaslibrary.org/friends.html
 
Wednesday, February 10 (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, February 11 (4:00 - 6:00 pm). Orcas Island Park & Recreation 
District (Eastsound Fire Station) Meets second Thursday of the month. 
 
Thursday, February 11 (6:00 pm). Port of Orcas Commissioners (Airport conference room) Meets second Thursday of the month. Call 360-376-5285 for more information.

Wednesday, March 2 (5:00 pm). San Juan County Cemetery District #3 (Library) Meets first Wednesday of the month.
 
Thursday, March 3 (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