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


Staff 
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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Friday, June 3: Do-Ahead Meals
Get your kitchen ready for summer house guests! Build a larder of do-ahead meals, snacks, and informal, tasty, island-style foods with the bounty of local farmers.  Tricks of the trade for pre-fab dishes that you can adapt to your family favorites, freeze, refrigerate, or keep in the bow of the boat. 
 
Friday, June 10: Island Seafood Primer 
How to clean, cook, and prepare the really local stuff. Simple, easy, and fun!  By the end of the class, you will know what to do with an octopus!

Friday, June 17: Perfect Paella 
Back by popular demand!  After taking this class, you will be able to host an impressive Spanish feast for your spring and summer guests.

All classes will have a taste of everything and a food gift from the kitchen.   
Wine and beverages are included.

Time: 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Price: $75 per person or $200 for all three classes   
Proceeds benefiting the Orcas Island Shakespeare Festival

Special Thanks to the Orcas Village Store and Island Market for their generous sponsorships. 
 
INFORMATION: Tickets are on sale at the
Orcas Island Chamber Office (360-376-2273)
or at Darvill's Bookstore.
 
 
 

The San Juan Islands Insider Is Now Available for Download


The San Juan Islands Insider app is now available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play . 

San Juan Islands Insider provides information on things to do, places to stay, and sites to see on the 4 primary San Juan Islands: Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, and Shaw. As you visit these locations, you are able to collect points, which can be redeemed at other locations for rewards (discounts, free items, etc.). The more places you visit, the more points you can earn and redeem for rewards. This app is managed by the Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island Chambers of Commerce.

Click here to download the Insider app.
Have fun exploring the islands! 

 

Events This Week & Beyond
 
 
SUMMER SERIES - UPTOWN TO DOWNTOWN EASTSOUND ARTWALK 
(Kick-off day: Thursday, Mary 26, 5:00 - 8:00 pm) 
Preparations made, schedule confirmed, the Artists, Galleries and businesses are getting ready to stay open for the Summer Series - Uptown to Downtown Eastsound Artwalk! We kick off the festivities on May 26th at 5:00 - 8:00 pm to stroll, visit or support your local artists and business, then every 2nd and 4th Thursday, May-October. Just click to view
Posters and maps to follow or "Like" us on Facebook. Then we will see you around town!

INFORMATION: Contact Michele Wiley at 360-722-2802 or Sarah Shaefer at 360-298-4218 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Eastsound-Art-Walk-1421414481421031/  


OPEN MIC NIGHT AT THE DOE BAY CAFÉ WITH HOST COREY WISCOMB

(Thursday Evenings, 7:30 pm - Sponsoring Irthlingz in May)
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 Irthlingz! Each Thursday in May, Doe Bay Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each entree sold to Irthlingz. Great food, music, and a fantastic cause! Our host this week is Corey Wiscomb.

UPCOMING MUSIC AT DOE BAY: 
Friday, June 3rd: Live music in the cafe w/ Seattle's Valley Maker. 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Reservations recommended. No cover! 

INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-8059.
 

CROW VALLEY SCHOOL MUSEUM GETS READY FOR A BUSY SUMMER 
(Doors open on Friday, May 27, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm) 
With clean windows and swept floors, the Crow Valley School Museum volunteers are ready to open the doors on May 27.  The Museum will be open 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm every Friday and Saturday until Labor Day. This historic schoolhouse can also be viewed by appointment; contact Rebecca Johnson at Rebecca.1420@yahoo.com. Groups that are celebrating family reunions or are part of weekend weddings have enjoyed having the Crow Valley School Museum on their list of "must-see" places during their visit to Orcas Island.
SPOOKY TALES AT CROW VALLEY SCHOOL MUSEUM
(Friday nights, starting July 8, 5:00 pm) 
An exciting addition this year will be ghost stories told by our local professional storyteller, Antoinette Botsford, at the Crow Valley School Museum on Friday nights starting July 8th and ending August 27th.  Starting at 5:00 pm, an hour of "Spooky Tales with an Orcas Spin" will only be $10 per person and a family of four can attend for $25. Local residents should get their tickets early. Seating will be limited and you will not want to miss this evening about our popular, and not-so-popular, Orcas ghosts.

INFORMATION: To view by appointment, contact Rebecca Johnson at Rebecca.1420@yahoo.com.  
   

MOVIE OF THE WEEK AT SEA VIEW THEATRE: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
(Friday & Saturday @ 7:30 pm) 
Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man. Rated PG-13. Starring  Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson
The lounge opens @ 6:30 pm for beer, wine, concessions and conversation.  
 
INFORMATION: Please, call the Sea View Theatre at 360-376-5724, located at 234 A Street, Eastsound.
 


ORCAS ISLAND FARMERS' MARKET

(Saturday, May 28, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm on the Eastsound Village Green)
Fresh first of the season vegetables and plant starts available this weekend at the Orcas Island Farmers' Market 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at home on the Eastsound Village Green.  To keep up with all of the latest Market goings-on be sure to LIKE us on Facebook!

INFORMATION: Questions?  Please, call Jennifer at 360-317-8342.


UPCOMING SHOW AT THE DOE BAY CAFE: SEATTLE ROCK ORCHESTRA 
(Memorial Day weekend, May 27 - 29)
Doe Bay Resort and Seattle Rock Orchestra have, once again, partnered for our 2nd annual Seattle Rock Orchestra Live Music Weekend, May 27-29. There will be live music performances happening throughout the weekend featuring Seattle Rock Orchestra's finest musicians.
On both Saturday and Sunday, small ensemble groups will be featured throughout the day and into the evening in the Doe Bay Café.  There will be a large ensemble performance offered on the Doe Bay Main Stage at 2:00 pm on Sunday. The whole island community is invited to this FREE offering. Please bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. Expect many spontaneous, improvised performances and some wacky offerings like a clothing optional concert at the Doe Bay Spa and an ensemble concert at a mountain overlook more than a thousand feet above sea level!
Please call our front desk to book your accommodation (3-night minimum) for this unique event 360-376-2291; or reserve online. This is a FREE event and will sell out fast!

INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-8059 or visit our website
 

26th ANNUAL PET PARADE 
(Saturday, May 28, registration starting at 10:00 am) 
Animals and their owners will be taking over the streets of Eastsound on Saturday, May 28. That's right! It's almost time for the 26th Annual Pet Parade to support Kaleidoscope Preschool and Child Care Center. In long-standing tradition, the parade will begin at the public school, with registration starting at 10:00 am. Come early to get signed up, have your photo taken by PAWKI's, and get some goodies for your furry friend. The judging line will close promptly at 10:45 so the parade can begin, so make sure you don't arrive on "island time!" 
Participants will head down School Rd. at 11:00 am, snaking through Eastsound on North Beach Rd, through A Street to Prune Alley, around Main Street, and back up North Beach Rd to the Eastsound Village Green. Orcas Kiwanis and Orcas Sheriff Deputies will help once again to direct traffic and keep everyone safe along the route. The parade will culminate at the stage with an awards ceremony to hand out ribbons and trophies. Afterwards, there will be live music entertainment, so stick around with the family, get something to eat from Kaleidoscope's concession stand, and enjoy the afternoon with friends. Kaleidoscope will be serving up hotdogs and hamburgers donated by the Lower Tavern, and everyone's favorite - SnoCones! 
Kaleidoscope would like to thank the many island businesses that sponsor the award categories, and help with registration and judging. Keep an eye out for flyers announcing the different costume categories, which will be posted around town and distributed at schools. It is always such a treat to see the colorful, creative costumes that our islanders come up with.


"MARSHALL MEMORIES"
(Saturday, May 28, 2:00 pm @ Olga Community Center (Energetics Club))
Cost: Free. All welcome!
An afternoon of stories and yarns by many local elders and historians who experienced the Marshall Strawberry heydays and other tales of the Olga/Doe Bay areas. Led by Orcas Pioneer Museum Director, Clark McAbee, you'll hear first hand of how a few growers banded together to build one of the biggest and short-lived industries in Orcas history; how the building, now referred to as the Artworks Building, played a major part in its success, and how the memories of kids working the fields still ring in the hearts of those who were there. And if you have recollections and stories of your own, please, come and share them!

INFORMATION: www.olgastrawberrycouncil.org/workshops.


MUSIC AT RANDOM HOWSE

(Saturday, May 28, 8:00 pm)
Random Howse Polecat is looking forward to returning to Random Howse with their new album "Into the Wind"! And the dance floor will be open!
Give them a listen and a look here. They have added an opener, Josh Clausen (runs summer meltdown festival, from Flowmotion and True Spokes)
$10 suggested donation for these hard working musicians!

Next week preview:

Wednesday, 6/1: Open Mic
Thursday/Friday, 6/2 & 6/3: dinner only
Saturday, 6/4: Prince Tribute Party/Dance (21+ for dance)

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-1111.


CENTER YOURSELF @ ORCAS CENTER
(Sunday, May 29, 2:00 - 5:00 pm @ Orcas Center)
Celebrate 30 years in our building at Orcas Center's open house. Is there something you would like to see at Orcas Center?  Do you remember a favorite Orcas Center production? Do you have a new project you can envision on our stage? Do you have a lecture or workshop in mind for the Madrona Room?  The Orcas Center community celebration "Center Yourself" is a space for these conversations and memories. Please join us Sunday afternoon, May 29. Come by anytime between 2:00 - 5:00 pm for the Orcas Center open house tour: explore behind the scenes, see the history displays, experience the entertainers, enjoy refreshments and celebrate 30 years in our building where memories are made. Welcome everyone - this event is free!
Click on the poster image to see a full view of the poster.

INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1


ART EXHIBITS @ ORCAS CENTER: ALL CRAFTS
JUNE ART OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 3 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.
The June art exhibit June 3 - July 13: All Crafts in the lobby gallery and the Madrona Room.
Madrona Room & Lobby Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm.


COMMUNITY BAND @ ORCAS CENTER
(Saturday, June 4 @ 7:30 pm)
Imagine the world without TV, radio, and Internet. It was actually pretty great, as community bands were THE entertainment. Experience the coming together of friends and neighbors at the spring concert for the Orcas Island Community Band.
Admission by donation.

INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1  
 


ISLAND SINFONIA @ ORCAS CENTER
(Saturday, June 5 @ 3:00 pm)
Island Sinfonia will perform a concert of favorites including Symphonette No. 2 by Morton Gould; Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens; and John Henry by Aaron Copland. Handel's Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra and Rachminoff's Vocalise will feature soloists Karen Blinn and Ginni Keith.
Tickets: $10 Adults, Students free.

INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1.


SUMMER DANCE CLASS: THE WALTZ!
(Monday, June 6, 7:00 - 9:00 pm @ Odd Fellows Hall)
Local instructors are again offering their community dance class on June 6, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Odd Fellows Hall. The class will be Waltz. Instruction will begin promptly at 7:00 pm followed by dancing at 8:00 pm.  This is a good opportunity to learn the basics of one of the most popular of all dances as well as being one of the oldest. The classes are free and no partner is needed.
Learn to dance which is good for your health, well being and ability to relate to others.  Come out and enjoy yourself while learning or improving your knowledge of dance.

INFORMATION: For further information, call Bill at 360-376-8857 or Jean at 360-376-6549


2016 SALISH SEA EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL ON OI
(Tuesday, June 7, 7:00 pm @ Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church)
Period Instrument chamber music from six centuries on OI and around the Salish Sea
1820: VIRTUOSO GUITAR & FLUTE
John Schneiderman: early 19th-century guitar
Jeffrey Cohan: 8-keyed flute
Around 1820 time Mauro Giuliani and others contributed to what is still seen as a golden ago for the flute-guitar duo. Jeffrey Cohan will play an 8-keyed flute of cocuswood, also known as Jamaican ebony with silver ornamental rings and keys, made in London in 1820 by George Rudall with the help of George Willis. In 1821 Rudall joined with Rose to make Rudall & Rose flutes, which have found their way into the hands of some of the most well-known Irish traditional music players. (pictured: Giulio Regondi)


JOIN US FOR OI GREEN DRINKS
(Tuesday, June 14, 5:30 - 7:00 pm @ Orcas Food Co-Op Commons)
Summer Solstice is almost here. We'll celebrate the season as we prepare to TAKE A BREAK in July & August. We provide refreshments & snacks  ~ Donations Appreciated. Get Social with Thriving & Resilient Orcas Island Community Builders.
Green Drinks is a project of Thrive Orcas Island. Click here for a more detailed poster of this event.

INFORMATION: Call 360-317-8220.


Announcements
   

GET WRITING, GET PAINTING, GET PERFORMING, & GET PUBLISHED AT THE ORCAS ISLAND LIBRARY!
(Deadline: Tuesday, May 31) 
In celebration of the upcoming expansion of the Orcas Island Library, we want your "Library Stories" in any medium.
Get in touch with your "inner library" and tell/show/perform your library story! Recall your first memories of a library, share what libraries have meant in your life, or tell the story of a particularly wonderful moment at a library, any library!
Click here to see more details on the Library's website. 
The "Library Stories" contest deadline is May 31st.  
 

ARTSMITH RESIDENCY OFFERING TRAVEL STIPEND 
(Application deadline: Tuesday, May 31)
Arstmith Residency now offers a $50 travel stipend. Beginning in 2017, each artist selected for Artsmith's annual artist residency on Orcas island will receive a $50 honorarium to help offset travel costs. The next residency takes place January 2 - 9. Five writers, artists, naturalists, and/or scholars selected by our Peer Review Panel will enjoy the comfort of a private room and bath in a beautiful 1907 Arts & Crafts home in Washington State's San Juan Islands. Apply Soon! The deadline is May 31.

INFORMATION: Click here to apply.


B-I-N-G-O! 
(Thursday, June 2, 5:30 - 7:30 pm @ American Legion Hall)
The Sons of The American Legion are sponsoring BINGO to benefit Kaleidoscope Preschool & Childcare Center.  Bring the family out the first Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:30.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Each game cost $0.50 and winnings are prizes or split pot!  Also, there is an ongoing progressional game.  If you wear your Kaleidoscope t-shirt, your first game is free. Concessions are provided: weekly soups provided by Barb Griffin at $5 per bowl.  Hope to see you there!   

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2484.


NEW SCULPTURE GARDEN AT OI ARTWORKS 
Coming soon to the ORCAS ISLAND ARTWORKS - our brand new SCULPTURE GARDEN on the porch and west lawn! We will be featuring Orcas Island's many fabulous sculptors, including David Haslett, Todd Spalti and Pete Welty. (##)

INFORMATION: Interested artists should contact Ina Drosu at designinfo@inadrosu.com


WINGS OVER ORCAS ISLAND - AN AVIATION EXHIBIT   
Do you know who established the first scheduled air taxi-commuter airlines in the Northwest that has survived to this day?  Can you name "The Flying Doc of the San Juans?" What recent Orcas resident took the famous "Earth Rise" photo from Apollo 8?   Have you heard of our own humble but willing and skilled Mercy Pilots?   
Join us for this year's feature exhibit in the Orcas Island Historical Society's Pioneer Museum to learn the answers to these questions and to learn much more about the history of flight on Orcas Island. The WINGS OVER ORCAS ISLAND exhibit features stories and memorabilia from local and national aviation legends.  Our Director has assembled over a hundred photos, rare aviation artifacts spanning the era from World War II to the present, aviation art and much more to make this a fun exhibit that you don't want to miss. (##)

INFORMATION: To learn more about what the Historical Society is doing and what is happening at the Pioneer Museum and the Crow Valley School Museum, visit our website at www.orcasmuseums.org.


SUMMER FUN! ARTS, COOKING & SCIENCE
This summer the Orcas Montessori School will be offering a month long summer program for children 3 - 7 from July 5 - 28. We will meet Monday through Thursday mornings from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. 
Yvonne Post who is leading the program will be assisted by Jessie Gonzalez. Yvonne brings many years of classroom experience, teacher training and program creation. She has organized and taught a variety of programs with young children as well as teens and adults. Her expertise and teaching experience includes cooking, nutrition, sustainable farming, sign language and art. Jessie has experience working with children of all ages as well. 
This summer's camp will feature the arts from Fine Art to Fiber to Found Material; Hands-on cooking and nutrition; Discovery science, nature and craft projects; Singing with voice and American Sign Language plus lots of good old-fashioned outdoor summer activities. (##)

INFORMATION: Registration forms are available my emailing teresa@orcasmontessori.org or calling 360-376-5350.


NEW WEBSITE FOR ORCAS CENTER 
Orcas Center has launched a new website!
Check out the new look: http://orcascenter.org/  

 
SUMMER THEATRE CAMP: GREASE LIGHTNING AT ORCAS CENTER 
Orcas Center is holding its Summer Theatre Camp "Grease Lightning" for ages 8 to 13 on June 20 through 24. Grace McCune and Tiffany Loney will be working with the children on a song and dance take off of the musical "Grease."  The camp goes from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday (kids bring their lunches, beverages and snacks).  There will be a short and sweet performance of what they have put together on Friday, June 24 at 3:30 pm. Pre-registration is encouraged as we are enrolling 15 children for camp this year. Tuition is: $250 per child.

INFORMATION: Email sparks@orcascenter.org to enroll your children.


EDC PRESENTS 7TH ANNUAL ECONOMICS LUNCHEON 
(Friday, June 17, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm @ Brickworks in Friday Harbor)
The EDC presents 7th Annual Economics Luncheon with Noted Business Leader and Economists. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for the 7th Annual EDC Economics Luncheon, held at Brickworks on Friday, June 17th from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  The EDC's annual economics luncheon explores recent data on trends in the economy, and potential opportunities and threats that face our businesses.
This year's program will include presentations by noted speakers Dr. Hart Hodges (director of WSU's Center for Economic & Business Research), Dr. Anneliese Vance-Sherman, (regional labor economist for the State of Washington), and Victoria Compton (director of the San Juan County Economic Development Council).  The presentations will explore our region's economy - past, present and future - including industry, employment and sales data, and current trends.
After the presentations, a panel of noted business experts including business leader Tim Engle, president of Saltchuk Resources, Inc., a privately held logistics, transportation and hospitality company (including Roche Harbor Resort), and Allison Clark, Director of Business Development at the Washington State Department of Commerce.

INFORMATION: Tickets are $25 and space is limited. For more information and to order tickets, please, visit www.sanjuansedc.org/ or call 360-378-2906.

 
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!
June 4: National Trails Day
June 11: National Get Outdoors Day
August 25: National Park Service 100th birthday
September 24: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veteran's Day 

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

 
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376 SPECIAL OFFER TO OI'S NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS 
376, Orcas Island's first coworking community, provides an environment where entrepreneurs, consultants and telecommuters work independently and interactively. Through June 30, we're providing a special offer for Orcas Island's nonprofit organizations: We invite you to schedule a board meeting (up to two hours) in our well-appointed conference room, complete with high-speed internet and an HD video projector.
Please, call to schedule a tour of our renovated office space and conference room to see how they might work for you and your organization. We're located at 596 Main Street, in the old Orcasnet building. Just look for the red chairs.

INFORMATION: Email sarah@376group.com or donna@376group.com.


EMERALD ISLE SAILING CHARTERS: GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST 
It's still happening, the offer of offers: Great Bear Rainforest
Bella Bella B.C. to Orcas Island
September 7 through September 18
Lush nature, abundant wildlife, gourmet meals. And, of course, sailing! 20% off. Join us for a journey through one of the most spectacular areas on Planet Earth ... Great Bear Rainforest! Do consider joining us, you won't be disappointed!

INFORMATION: Visit www.emeraldislesailing.com; email charters@emeraldislesailing.com; call 360-376-3472.


DUMP RUNS AND DELIVERIES
During this busy season, with friends and family visiting, let us take care of your dump runs as well as package pick-up & deliveries. We can coordinate parcels with UPS and FED-EX, as well as larger deliveries through Orcas Freight to your home.

INFORMATION: Contact Orcas Island Concierge and Property Services: Tim at 360-472-0330 and Sonia at 360-610-2887. Email or visit our Web site.

   
Restaurant News & Dining Deals
 


CASCADE BAY GRILL SEASON OPENER!
(Saturday, May 28, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm @ the Cascade Bay Grill)
Rosario Resort and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company invite you to celebrate the soft opening of The Cascade Bay Grill. Enjoy our new menu, live music, beer specials and prizes.




SPRING DINNER AT CATKIN CAFE
(Sunday, May 29th ~ seatings at 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm)
Spring dinner at Catkin Cafe celebrating the bounty and blossoms of spring!
3-course prix fixe menu w/ vegetarian, meat and seafood options ~ $50 per person
Seating is limited.

INFORMATION: Please call 360-376-3242 for reservations.
  

NEW SPECIAL AT DOE BAY 
The Doe Bay Cafe will be offering 10% off of all food and beverage purchases for Doe Bay Spa members on Sunday nights in the month of May.
All Orcas residents should consider a Doe Bay spa membership. To learn more or to sign up for a membership, please, call 360-376-2291! 
  
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2291.


DOE BAY SPECIAL NOTICES ABOUT THE SPA:

DUE TO CHAINSAW SCULPTING, THE SPA WILL BE NOISY AT TIMES (BUT WILL REMAIN OPEN)
Monday, May 23-  Thursday, May 26 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) AND 
Monday, May 30 - Thursday, June 2 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm).
Wednesday, June 8 - Saturday, June 11: During Toor Camp, the Spa is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.  


DOE BAY CAFE: EXPANDED DINING HOURS

Expanded Hours at Doe Bay for May and June:
Brunch: Friday - Monday ~ 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Dinner: Friday - Monday ~ 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Reservations highly recommended; please, call 360-376-2291.)
Open Mic Night & Themed Dinner: Thursday, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
 

NEW HOURS FOR THE MANSION RESTAURANT AND MORAN LOUNGE

The Mansion Restaurant
Breakfast: 8:00 am - 11:00 am, Daily
Lunch: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Daily
Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Sunday - Thursday
Now open Friday - Saturday until 10:00 pm.
The Moran Lounge
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Sunday - Thursday
Now open Friday - Saturday until 10:00 pm. 

INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-2222.  


INN AT SHIP BAY
The garden is growing and we look forward to seeing our friends on the island.
As in the past; open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 5:00 pm in the Lounge & 5:30 pm in the Dining Room (closed Sundays & Mondays).
 
 
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-5886.


DINING HOURS FOR NEW LEAF CAFE
New Leaf Cafe is open for breakfast on
Fridays & Mondays: 8:00 am to 11:30 am,
Saturdays & Sundays: 7:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Dinner is still Thursday through Monday from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, and Happy Hour is still Thursday, Friday and Monday from 4:00  to 5:00 pm.

INFORMATION: Please, feel free to email back or call 360-317-4554 with any questions.


DINING HOURS FOR MIJITAS 
MIJITAS is now open 7 days a week at 4:00 pm! We hope to see you soon!


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.


  
 
ROSES BAKERY CAFE & STORE HOURS
Roses Bakery Cafe open Monday - Saturday!  The Cafe hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm;  Store hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

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

CAFE OLGA CELEBRATING 35TH YEAR!
Cafe Olga is celebrating its 35th year!
Hours: Open 7:00 am - 3:00 pm daily. Closed Wednesday.

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 receive a 10% discount. Now open Fridays-Saturdays until 10:00 pm.
The Mansion Restaurant offers casual and fine dining in the historic Moran Mansion at Rosario Resort. Enjoy seasonal seafood, meats and produce in a spectacular waterfront location. Wine and cocktails are served by the romantic fire in the turn-of-the-century setting of the Moran Lounge.  Chef Raymond Southern has created new menus for both The Mansion and The Moran Lounge, so join us for some inspired spring dishes!  Dinner Reservations are highly recommended; call 360-376-2222.
  
INFORMATION: For reservations, please, call 360-376-2222

Continuing Restaurant Specials
  
EVENTS AT RANDOM HOWSE THIS WEEK
This week we are open as usual Wednesday-Saturday, serving our delicious Thai food from 5:00 - 8:30 pm.
Wednesday and Thursday, we have Happy Hour 5:00 - 6:00 pm with $1 off all menu items.
Wednesday- Open Mic from 7:00 pm
Thursday and Friday, dinner only
Saturday, May 28th from 8:00 pm
Polecat is looking forward to returning to Random Howse with their new album "Into the Wind"! And the dance floor will be open!
Give them a listen and a look here. They have added an opener, Josh Clausen (runs summer meltdown festival, from Flowmotion and True Spokes)
$10 suggested donation for these hard working musicians!
Next week preview: 
Wednesday, 6/1: Open Mic
Thursday/Friday, 6/2 & 6/3: dinner only
Saturday, 6/4: Prince Tribute Party/Dance (21+ for dance)

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 COREY WISCOMB   
(Thursday Evenings - Sponsoring Irthlingz in May)  
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 Irthlingz! Each Thursday in May Doe Bay Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each entree sold to Irthlingz. Great food, music and a fantastic cause! Our host this week is Corey Wiscomb.

UPCOMING MUSIC AT DOE BAY: 
Friday, June 3rd: Live music in the cafe w/ Seattle's Valley Maker. 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Reservations recommended. No cover! 

INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-8059.


MARTINIS & JAZZ 
EVERY THURSDAY, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Moran Lounge 
Join us on Thursdays for a throwback evening of hand-crafted martinis and live jazz with Martin Lund.

INFORMATION: 360-376-2222.
 
 
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
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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 in the Moran Lounge.  
     
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222.

 
Classes & Seminars 


YOGA SCHEDULE FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT ORCAS MANDALA YOGA STUDIO
Saturday, May 28: 9:30 - 10:45 am: Vinyasa Flow
Sunday, May 29: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Spirit Flow
Monday, May 30:
9:00 - 10:30 am: Slow Flow
5:30 - 7:00 pm: "Releasing the Jaw, Hips and Breath" Prajna Yoga
Open to all levels. Drop-ins welcome! Located at 138 North Beach Road, Eastsound.

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


NEW SPRING CLASSES AT THE FUNHOUSE!
Please preregister to assure a space for all 8 weeks.
All classes are from 3:30 - 4:30 pm at the Funhouse.
Spring Events:
"GET REAL" - This is a leadership group about REAL stuff. REAL talk about REAL relationships, human weirdness, social issues, sexuality, school and life - handled in a safe (and often funny) manner. Facilitated by Beth Jenson LMHC, funded by the Funhouse, designed for (and by) smart, passionate teens that care about being REAL. 7th - 9th graders. Next class May 27, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Funhouse.
One World Music Festival - June 17 & 18.  This show sells out every year so get your tickets early!

INFORMATION: Contact Funhouse Commons: Call 360-376-7177 or visit 

SUMMER DANCE CLASS: THE WALTZ!
(Monday, June 6, 7:00 - 9:00 pm @ Odd Fellows Hall)
Local instructors are again offering their community dance class on June 6, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Odd Fellows Hall. The class will be Waltz. Instruction will begin promptly at 7:00 pm followed by dancing at 8:00 pm.  This is a good opportunity to learn the basics of one of the most popular of all dances as well as being one of the oldest. The classes are free and no partner is needed.
Learn to dance which is good for your health, well being and ability to relate to others.  Come out and enjoy yourself while learning or improving your knowledge of dance.

INFORMATION: For further information, call Bill at 360-376-8857 or Jean at 360-376-6549. 


EDC OFFERS SALES PROCESSES FOR PROFITABILITY WORKSHOP
(Tuesday, June 7, 1:00 - 2:30 pm @ OI Fire Station at 45 Lavender Lane)
Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for their upcoming FREE workshop, Sales Processes for Profitability. Participants will learn to plan strategically in order to increase sales for their businesses.
Studies show that nearly 60% of companies lack a well-defined sales process - the step-by-step plan that business owners use to close deals and make sales.  Good sales processes help customers arrive at informed final decisions about purchases, and help business owners to increase profits.
The event will be presented by Tony Salas of the Small Business Development Center of Mount Vernon, and a sales and management consultant for nearly 40 years.
As part of the class, Salas will cover how to understand buyers, how to assist prospective customers in making purchasing decisions, and how to design strategic sales processes.  Additionally, Salas will discuss concrete steps to manage and implement the sales process and track key metrics, so that sales can be continuously optimized.

INFORMATION: Advance registration is required; please, call 360-378-2906 to reserve your space or email: info@sanjuansedc.org.


NEW ZUMBA GOLD CLASS
(Thursday mornings, 9:30 am @ Odd Fellows Hall)
New Zumba Gold Class: Zumba with Orcas Dance Fitness now offers a second weekly Zumba Gold class, Thursday mornings at 9:30 am at Odd Fellows Hall.  Zumba Gold is a moderately paced, low impact version of Zumba.  

INFORMATION: For more information please, go to www.alysonstephens.zumba.com or email AlysonClarkStephens@Gmail.com.


TEACHINGS WITH KHENTRUL LODRO T'HAYE RINPOCHE @ ORCAS GRANGE
(Friday, Saturday, & Sunday,  June 10 - 12 @ Orcas Grange)
Public talk -- Finding Joy in Troubled Times: Friday, June 10, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Weekend teaching -- Transforming Happiness and Suffering: Saturday, June 11 & Sunday, June 12, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Katog Yeshe Ling on Orcas Island presents Teachings with Khentrul Lodro T'hayé Rinpoche.  Teachings and public talk will be held at Orcas Grange on Orcas Road. Khentrul Rinpoche will reveal how we can enjoy much greater well-being in our lives by sharing some remarkable and little-known tools for transforming adversity. The vast majority of us have never considered this method for transforming our experience. It is an unparalleled approach which directly pertains to the modern challenges we face.  We invite everyone to attend.
Suggested donation for public talk: $10 - $15
Teachings: $25 per session, $45 per day, or $80 for the weekend

INFORMATION: Contact Sharon Douglas at nakedlamb@rockisland.com or call 360-376-5881.

 
Continuing Art & Museum Shows
 

CROW VALLEY SCHOOL MUSEUM GETS READY FOR A BUSY SUMMER
(Doors open on Friday, May 27, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm) 
With clean windows and swept floors, the Crow Valley School Museum volunteers are ready to open the doors on May 27.  The Museum will be open 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm every Friday and Saturday until Labor Day. This historic schoolhouse can also be viewed by appointment; contact Rebecca Johnson at Rebecca.1420@yahoo.com. Groups that are celebrating family reunions or are part of weekend weddings have enjoyed having the Crow Valley School Museum on their list of "must-see" places during their visit to Orcas Island.
SPOOKY TALES AT CROW VALLEY SCHOOL MUSEUM 
(Friday nights, starting July 8, 5:00 pm) 
An exciting addition this year will be ghost stories told by our local professional storyteller, Antoinette Botsford, at the Crow Valley School Museum on Friday nights starting July 8th and ending August 27th.  Starting at 5:00 pm, an hour of "Spooky Tales with an Orcas Spin" will only be $10 per person and a family of four can attend for $25. Local residents should get their tickets early. Seating will be limited and you will not want to miss this evening about our popular, and not-so-popular, Orcas ghosts.

INFORMATION: To view by appointment, contact Rebecca Johnson at
Rebecca.1420@yahoo.com
 

NEW SCULPTURE GARDEN AT OI ARTWORKS
 
Coming soon to the ORCAS ISLAND ARTWORKS - our brand new SCULPTURE GARDEN on the porch and west lawn! We will be featuring Orcas Island's many fabulous sculptors, including David Haslett, Todd Spalti and Pete Welty.

INFORMATION: Interested artists should contact Ina Drosu at designinfo@inadrosu.com.


WINGS OVER ORCAS ISLAND - AN AVIATION EXHIBIT   
Do you know who established the first scheduled air taxi-commuter airlines in the Northwest that has survived to this day?  Can you name "The Flying Doc of the San Juans?" What recent Orcas resident took the famous "Earth Rise" photo from Apollo 8?   Have you heard of our own humble but willing and skilled Mercy Pilots?  
Join us for this year's feature exhibit in the Orcas Island Historical Society's Pioneer Museum to learn the answers to these questions and to learn much more about the history of flight on Orcas Island. The WINGS OVER ORCAS ISLAND exhibit features stories and memorabilia from local and national aviation legends.  Our Director has assembled over a hundred photos, rare aviation artifacts spanning the era from World War II to the present, aviation art and much more to make this a fun exhibit that you don't want to miss.  
INFORMATION: To learn more about what the Historical Society is doing and what is happening at the Pioneer Museum and the Crow Valley School Museum, visit our website at www.orcasmuseums.org.


NEW ARTISTS - NEW SHOW - OPENING PARTY AT THE GALLERY
Come to THE GALLERY in Uptown Eastsound to enjoy an exciting and varied NEW SHOW of original art work including figurative, still life and landscape paintings, some serene and some a bit edgy, and now including innovative photography. It is a stunning collection of work by local artists.  
NEW HOURS: Wednesday - Sunday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.
The GALLERY is located in Uptown Eastsound at 374 North Beach Road, across form Enzo's.
 

ART EXHIBITS @ ORCAS CENTER: ALL CRAFTS 
 
June art opening reception: Friday, June 3 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm The June art exhibit June 3 - July 13: All Crafts in the lobby gallery and the Madrona Room.
Madrona Room & Lobby Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm.


THE ORCAS ISLAND ARTWORKS 
The Orcas Island Artworks is now open for the 2016 season. 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.


THIS MONTH'S ARTIST AT WASHINGTON FEDERAL : ELLA MAYFIELD
(New art every month) 
Washington Federal's Artist of the Month for May 2016 is Elizabeth Raelle Mayfield. Elizabeth is a self proclaimed "Jill of all trades" whose art reflects her eagerness to try new art forms. She has a number of paintings and photographs on display, as well as a number of handmade items available for purchase by donation, as a fundraiser for the Orcas Island Humane Society. Please, come in and enjoy with month's art show!

 
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
The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturdays, 12:00 - 3:00 pm
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.
Also, please, click here to read the Museum's 2016 Spring Newsletter.  

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.

 
Wednesday, June 1 (5:00 pm). San Juan County Cemetery District #3 (Library) Meets first Wednesday of the month.
 
Thursday, June 2  (3:00 pm). Eastsound Planning Review Committee (Eastsound Fire Station) Meets first Thursday of the month. 

Wednesday, June 8 (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, June 9 (4:00 - 6:00 pm). Orcas Island Park & Recreation District 
(Eastsound Fire Station) Meets second Thursday of the month.

Thursday, June 9 (6:00 pm). Port of Orcas Commissioners (Airport conference room) Meets second Thursday of the month. Call 360-376-5285 for more information. 

Tuesday, June 14  (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, June 14 (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.

 
 

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