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Board of Directors
Susan Gudgell, President
Mary Clure, Secretary
Mike Stolmeier
Charles Dalton
Colleen Armstrong
Mia Kartiganer
Shannon Borg
Lee Horswill
Audra Lawlor
Kim Morgan
Michell Marshall, Past Pres.
Ken Speck, Ex Officio

Staff 
Lance Evans
Executive Director
Heather Johnson, staff
Lisa Boyd, 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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  If you love the July 4th show, please consider a donation to help us continue this community tradition!  Click on the image and you can make a contribution to the Orcas Island Community Foundation Fireworks Fund (tax-deductible).  Or you can donate directly to the Chamber (PO Box 252, Eastsound, WA 98245). We thank you.

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Washington State Ferries additional sailings and travel tips

We encourage drive-up vehicles for people not able to get a reservation.  In addition to our reserved vehicles, on average we are able to load 20-30 drive-up vehicles on each sailing due to the 10% standby + reservation holders who don't show for their reserved sailing.  We ask that reservation holders arrive at least 45 minutes prior to their sailing during the expected heavy traffic for the 4th of July weekend.  Customers arriving less than 30 minutes may forfeit their reservation and be placed in the standby lane.


Vehicle reservations
WSF offers vehicle reservations to the San Juan Islands, Sidney B.C. and Port Townsend/Coupeville.  To accommodate last-minute travel, drive-on customers are encouraged to travel standby on the Anacortes/San Juans Islands route. WSF requests that reservation holders arrive 45 minutes in advance due to expected high travel volumes.

Additional sailings
In anticipation of heavier-than-normal traffic for the holiday weekend, WSF added the following extra trips:

Thursday, July 2. Departing Anacortes to Orcas Island and Friday Harbor at 8:45 pm
Friday, July 3. Departing Anacortes to Orcas Island and Friday Harbor at 8:45 pm
Sunday, July 5. Departing Orcas Island to Anacortes at 10:30 pm

The Chamber Welcomes 2 New Members!

Sugar Shack
(Owner: Fiona Stone) 
Come get some sugar! We offer gourmet waffle cones with local Lopez Island Creamery ice cream, fresh strawberry lemonades, lunch items, iced coffees, espressos, grilled paninis, hot dogs, Italian sodas, trail-maps, snacks, and much more.  
Phone: 360-376-4665 
Hours: 10 am - 6 pm 
Location: Cascade Lake at Moran State Park 
Email: Send an Email 


Orcas Adventures
(Owner: Fiona Stone)
Do you paddle or pedal? Orcas Adventures is dedicated to a summer full of fun, sun and adventure. We offer an array of options to get you and your family out on the water to enjoy two pristine lakes (Cascade Lake & Mountain Lake) in Moran State Park. Come visit us today and celebrate Orcas Island the way it was supposed to be enjoyed!
Phone: 360-376-4665
Hours: 10 am - 6 pm
Location: Cascade Lake & Mountain Lake at Moran State Park
Website: www.orcasadventures.com
Email: Send an Email 

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Orcas Island Celebrates the 4th of July!

HISTORICAL DAYS FAIR
 
(Friday, July 3 from  11 am - 4 pm  @ Village Green)
Orcas Island Historical Museum will be holding its annual Historical Days Fair on the Eastsound Village Green. This year's event include an Antiques Roadshow-inspired Appraisal Fair with four certified appraisers from the greater Seattle area. There is a $15 fee for each item appraised. Appointments are suggested due to limited spaces.
The museum will also be hosting the annual Harvey Family Logging Show. Join the Harvey Family as they demonstrate logging techniques.
Don't forget to purchase at the annual hot dog and a soft drink! There will also be a beer garden feature local Island Hoppin' Brewery beer. This year we are pleased to welcome the Parks and Rec Program into the fold; they will be hosting a number of family friendly games. Call Maggie Vinson for an appraisal appointment or with questions, 376-4849

DEER HARBOR ANNUAL FIREWORKS 
(Friday, July 3 around 10 pm @ Deer Harbor Marina)
The Dust Bunnies will be rocking the dock staring at 7:30 pm right up to the show.

ORCAS ISLAND FIRE & RESCUE PANCAKE BREAKFAST
 
(Saturday, July 4 from 7 - 11 am @ Eastsound Fire Station)
Come join our Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Association for our Annual Pancake Breakfast. Volunteers will be serving up our secret recipe for pancakes, sausage, eggs and beverages. Adults $7, Children $5, under 5 yrs eat FREE. All proceeds support your LOCAL Firefighters and EMT's.

4TH ANNUAL FUNHOUSE 5K RUN ON JULY 4 
Saturday, July 4th, before the parade, The Funhouse Commons will hold it's 4th annual 5K, now named the "Eat and Run" in honor of the many local restaurants sponsoring the race. Divisions include a 5K run, 5K walk, and a 1K kids' run. Walkers will start at 8:45, the kids' race will start at 9:00, and runners will start at 9:15. The 5K starts at the Village Green and ends at the Eastsound Fire Hall where the firefighters will be holding their annual pancake breakfast.  Race registration is open, at form available here. The 5K fee is $40.  The kids' race is $10.  The 5K fee includes a t-shirt while they last, and additional shirts or kids' shirts may be purchased for $15.   Early online registration and payment is highly encouraged.  Limited last-minute registration is available the morning of the event, for an additional fee. All funds raised go to The Funhouse Commons, a not-for-profit community center that fosters fun and learning.   Please call 376-7177 with any questions.  

4TH OF JULY ON THE VILLAGE GREEN 
(Saturday, July 4 from 10 am - 3 pm)
In addition to our awesome Farmer's Market, the Village Green will also host the Orcas Island Historical Museum Pie Booth! Enjoy the parade with a slice homemade pie and ice cream. There also will be a silent auction from 10am-2pm and a live auction from 1-3 pm.

ORCAS ISLAND COMMUNITY PARADE 
(Saturday, July 4 starting at noon Downtown Eastsound)
Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event that features a wide variety of parade entrants all celebrating the theme 'There's No Place Like Home'. The parade is preceded by music from the Community Band as the parade winds down North Beach Road to Main Street.

ORCAS ISLAND LIONS CLUB SALMON BBQ 
(Saturday, July 4 from 1 - 7 pm @ Eastsound Fire Station)
Members will be serving smoked salmon, bbq chicken, baked potatoes, rolls, and cole slaw. Take-out available. Adults $18, children $12. Proceeds support local community service projects and scholarships.

4TH OF JULY BEER GARDEN TO BENEFIT THE FUNHOUSE
 
(Saturday, July 4 from 7 - 10:30 pm @ waterfront across from New Leaf)
Come view the Eastsound Fireworks from a premium waterfront vantage point and enjoy beer, chai, and pie! Adult seating only.


EASTSOUND ANNUAL FIREWORKS
 
(Saturday, July 4. Music begins at 9 pm. Show around 10 pm)
Western Display Fireworks will once again light the sky from the waters of East Sound. The Community Band is on hand to play music and entertain the crowd assembled at Eastsound's Waterfront Park. 

Events This Week & Beyond


CROW VALLEY POTTERY PRESENTS IT'S 18TH GARDEN ART SHOW
(Now thru July 12 @ 'The Cabin')
Crow Valley Pottery Crow Valley Pottery's annual Garden Art Show.  This year's show presents solutions to enhancing older established gardens in need of 'freshening', as well as adding 'instant' color and interest to new or limited gardens.  Especially important in this dry year, when thoughtful watering is paramount, are the options of glass, metal and ceramic enhancements that help gardens 'pop', while helping to limit water usage.


LECTURE: BATS BY MOONLIGHT 

(Thursday, July 2 from 8:30 - 10:30 pm @ Judd Cove Preserve)
This evening field trip with Rochelle Kelly, UW PhD Candidate, is an opportunity to learn about the island's local bat species, how they fit into the ecology, and how they utilize preserve lands. Rochelle will demonstrate methods used in surveying bat populations, including mist netting and audio monitoring.
Learn about island bat's distinguishing features and natural history, as well as questions being asked by researchers who study these remarkable creatures.
Meet and park at Judd Cove Preserve. Be sure to bring warm clothing and headlamps, flashlights are recommended.
This event is presented by San Juan County Land Bank and is free to the public.  

INFORMATION: Space is limited; please RSVP to Tanja Williamson at 360-370-7655 or email tanjaw@rockisland.com  

 

 

B-I-N-G-O!!

(Thursday, July 2 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm)
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.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Each game cost .50 and winnings are half the pot!  If you wear your Kaleidoscope Tee shirt your first game is free. Concessions provided.  Hope to see you there!  

INFORMATION:  Call 376-2484 

 

 

LIVE MUSIC: FAINT PETER @ THE DOE BAY CAFÉ

(Friday, July 3 @ 7:30 pm)
Come check out Faint Peter (featuring members of the Seattle based band Kingdom Pine) in the Doe Bay Cafe this Friday night. They will be playing a gorgeous brand of haunting acoustic/slide guitar fold with tasteful vocal harmonies. Music starts at 7:30pm.

INFORMATION: Please call for reservations 360-376-8059 or see www.doebay.com 

 

    

THE MAGIC SHOW - STARRING MATTHEW LASLO

(Friday, July 3 & Sunday, July 5, 7:30 pm @ SeaView Theater)

Starring Matthew Laslo... BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Matthew Laslo is a rising young star and award winning magician & illusionist. His show promises to be high-energy entertainment, with lots of audience participation; fun for the entire family. Lovely and amazing assistants and aerial performers are Maria Bullock, Madi Jane West and Virginia Sides. Full concessions and a pre-show BBQ with hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie options available for purchase starting at 5 pm. Tickets are $10. for adults and $5.00 for youth (12 and under). Available at Darvill's bookstore, online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com or at The Sea View Theatre during movie times. Info: Laslomagic@gmail.com 

 

 

LIVE MUSIC: MANDY TROXEL & THE BITTER ENDS @ RANDOM HOWSE
(Friday, July 3. Food and bar from 6 pm, Show at 7 pm)
The Bitter Ends are Mandy Troxel, guitar and vocals; Anita Orne, bass, banjo, saw and guitar; Bruce Harvie, guitar, mandolin and vocals; and John Polstar, pedal steel.
There is no cover charge, but tips are much appreciated.

 
ORCAS ISLAND FARMERS' MARKET
(Saturdays 10 am - 3 pm) 
The farmers are bringing it in force!  Pea shoots, herbs, greens, eggs and best of all PLANT STARTS!  Join us this weekend from 10-3 on the Eastsound Village Green.  Questions? email us at  orcasislandfarmersmarket@gmail.com or via Facebook, be sure to follow us for all the latest news and information.


LIVE MUSIC: SKABLINS @ RANDOM HOWSE
(Saturday, July 4 - bar opens at 10 pm)
Dance to SKABLINS after fireworks, no cover, 21+.


DANCE LESSONS @ ODD FELLOWS HALL 

(Monday, July 6 from 7 - 9 pm)
Local instructors are again offering their community dance class.  It will be Tango and will be taught by Stan and Kay Miller.  Kay and Stan have been dancing Tango for quite a few years and are very proficient at it.  Instruction will begin promptly at 7 pm followed by dancing at 8 pm. The classes are free and no partner is needed.Come out and enjoy yourself while learning to dance.

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

 
DEER HARBOR JULY POTLUCK
(Friday, July 10 @ 6:30 p.m. at Deer Harbor Community Club)
Please join us for our July BBQ Potluck! Bring a dish to share, your place setting, and beverage. A grill will be available for those wishing to barbecue. See you there!   


OUT ON ORCAS JULY PICNIC

(Saturday, July 11 from 5 pm @ Cascade Lake Picnic Shelter)
Out on Orcas will host the July potluck at the Cascade Lake picnic shelter on July 11, with festivities starting at 5pm, food served at 6pm. Bring a dish to share and your own beverages. 

 

 

ORCAS CENTER'S ANNUAL GALA & AUCTION: A NIGHT AT THE COPACABANA 
(Saturday, July 18 at 5:00 pm @ Orcas Center)

Tickets are now on sale for Orcas Center's Annual Gala & Auction. Enjoy a retro evening at the Copacabana teeming with nightclub performers, a delectable dinner by Christina Orchid, delicious wine, and spicy auctions. This theatrical evening benefiting Orcas Center is not to be missed!  $155 per person, $895 VIP Table for 4

 

INFORMATION:  360-376-2281 x1 

  


 

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ORCAS MOON FARM HAS WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE PERFECT BBQ
Just in time for your Fourth of July barbeque Orcas Moon Farm brings you the best local grass fed lamb burgers and Italian sausage.  Pop on by the farm, to pick yours up today conveniently located right between the ferry landing and town just down from Eastsound Kennel, 329 Dolphin Bay Road.  Leave time for a tour and meet our friendly farm animals. 


CELEBRATE THE 4TH IN STYLE @ MONKEY PUZZLE
(Eastsound Village Square)
Celebrate the 4th in style at Monkey Puzzle in Eastsound! We have festive, red, white and blue flags, t-shirts and more! Did you know, Monkey Puzzle is your wedding gift destination?  Just arrived from Italy: Abbaimo tutto, Blue Crab on White dinnerware with coordinating guest and kitchen towels.  Makes a great wedding gift!  Also, an exclusive Sallie Bell designed glass and stem ware collection, elegantly etched with the "Endless Love/Knot Design" - Champagne Flutes, Wine Glasses, Vases and more-Perfect for your wedding reception or as a gift for the newlyweds! We have a large selection of wall clocks, whimsical character clocks, mirrors made from repurposed oil cans, wall art, antiques, dishes and flatware, lamps, picture frames, colorful flags, Thyme Body products, scarves, socks, Aerosoles shoes and boots, Winding River lightweight jackets and coats, and of course, Sallie Bell exclusive designed clothing, caps, blankets, t-shirts and vests.   As always, come and make your own jewelry or custom design a vest.  Mention this ad and receive 15% off any purchase!  

INFORMATION: 109 North Beach Rd. Eastsound (360) 376-2275,  monkeypuzzle.com


JAMIE JOSEPH TRUNK SHOW
(Saturday & Sunday, July 4 & 5 @ Olga's boutique)
Over 70 new one of a kind rings as well as necklaces, earrings and more.  Whether you are looking for your 1st of 7th Jamie Joseph ring this is your chance to try Oh So Many different designs. We hope to see you this weekend and please tell your friends!

INFORMATION:  Eastsound Square, 360.376.5863,  olgasonorcas@gmail.com


WELCOME YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY TO ORCAS!
Orcas Concierge & Property Service offers welcoming packages.  Anniversary, Birthday or Special Occasions.  House freshening, flowers, wine, local goods and a copy of our Island Sounder newspaper.  Give your guest a warm welcome this season. (#)

INFORMATION:  Details and pricing at 376.4833 or  info@orcasislandconcierge.com


CURIOUS FLORA FLOWER CSA
(July 1 - September 2)
LAST CHANCE TO JOIN! Freshly cut, custom bouquets will delivered to Eastsound for CSA members to pick up every Wednesday for the next 10 weeks. $250. (#)

INFORMATION: Contact Sarah to sign up or ask questions: curiousflora@gmail.com


DOE BAY FEST TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR LOCALS!
(from now until they sell out...)
Doe Bay Fest 2015 is slated for Aug. 6-10 and per usual the tickets ($95 each for locals) are limited and highly sought after. As always, we have some tickets saved aside specifically for Orcas Locals so that our Island community can join us for one of the highlights of the year!  Tickets are available to purchase by residents who join us in the Cafe for dinner on Sunday nights. Please ask your server about getting on the list. We truly appreciate the support and encouragement of our Local community for Doe Bay Resort and Doe Bay Fest, and we are happy to create an opportunity for Locals to attend this music spectacular.  Please buy your tickets soon, while supplies last, and carpool or rideshare to get to Doe Bay Fest, since parking is limited. (#)
Volunteer inquiries should be emailed to doebayfestvolunteers@gmail.com.

INFORMATION: Call 376-2291


CONTROL INFLAMMATION FOR A HEALTHIER YOU
(Contact Stacy Romillah today)
Decrease Inflammation to decrease pain, arrest chronic disease progress and prevent degeneration. Increase your memory and mental acuity, your energy levels and your physical abilities. Inflammation is the cornerstone for most disease. Learn how to effectively control it!  Call 360.472.0488 for a FREE 15 minute  Diet and Lifestyle Consultation or click on  https://www.timetrade.com/book/CDTBC  to schedule your appointment with Stacy Romillah now.
.... And try a FREE  9 Day Energetic Harmonization! No appointments. Simply sign up to receive the Harmonization. This starts on the 21st, so sign up now! Click here to register: https://stacyromillah.leadpages.net/energetic-harmonization/  (##)

 

INFORMATION: Call today at 360.472.0488, email Stacy@StacyRomillah.com, or visit www.stacyromillah.com


NEW WEBSITES LAUNCHED FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES!
Do you need a new website or rack card designed? We can help you get seen with an online presence. Stop in to our Eastsound office for a free consultation and quote.(##)

Visit www.bloomingmindmedia.com or call 360-746-2544


COUPON BOOK OFFERS ISLAND-WIDE SAVINGS!
(Support Children's House & Save Money)

Orcas Island Children's House is selling coupon books, featuring more than $500 in discounts offered by Orcas businesses.  Go Orcas! includes nearly 100 coupons (valid through May 2016) featuring savings on dining, entertainment, recreation, retail/gifts, lodging and services.  Coupon users can recoup the $20 investment in just 1 or 2 purchases. Additional details on where to buy the books, a list of participating companies and a sample copy is available at www.oich.org.

Pick up yours at the Chamber of Commerce! (##) 

 

 

Restaurant News & Dining Deals

 

 

SUMMER HOURS FOR CAFE OLGA

Now open @ 6:30 am - 3 pm Daily 
Happy Hour Sunday - Wednesday  starting @ 4 pm - close.  Serving light bites and appetizers with beer and wine special.

 

INFORMATION:  376-5098

 

 

SUMMER HOURS FOR DOE BAY CAFÉ
(July 1 - August 31)
Brunch: Friday - Wednesday 8 am - 2 pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday 5 - 9 pm & Friday - Saturday 5 - 10pm
Open Mic & Pizza Night: Thursday 5 - 10pm
Doe Bakery: Thursday 8am - 12pm

INFORMATION:  360-376-8059 or see www.doebay.com

   

 

RED RABBIT FARM SUNDAY DINNERS RETURN 

Enjoy the summer bounty of the islands,( see website redrabbitfarm.com for details) and great cooking from Chef Christina.  Sunday dinners throughout the summer concluding on September 27th.  Dinner at 6 pm, BYOB,(Bring your own bottle) $75.00. We serve lemonade and coffee. Spaces available NOW! We will send a confirmation and directions.  Also adding Thursday dinners to our schedule on July 30th, August 6, 13, 20, and 27.  Same details.  A great experience for residents, guests and visitors.


INFORMATION:  Please reserve at redrabbitfarm@rockisland.com or 376-3208



Continuing Restaurant Specials


CASCADE BAY GRILL AT ROSARIO
(Open Daily!)
The Cascade Bay Grill at Rosario Resort Open Daily.  The Cascade Bay Grill & Store will be open daily starting Friday, June 12.  Enjoy outdoor dining overlooking the Rosario Marina from Noon to 9 pm daily.  Seafood, smokehouse sausages and
brats, burgers, and really, really great fries.  Also, pizzas are back! The store opens at 7 am daily.


HAPPY HOUR AT THE MADRONA BAR & GRILL!
(Monday - Friday, 3 pm - 6 pm and ALL DAY SUNDAY!)
Discounted drinks and small plates.

INFORMATION:  376-7171


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

INFORMATION: 360-317-4848


OPEN MIC @ RANDOM HOWSE
(Wednesdays at 8 pm)
Small Bites, Full Bar.

INFORMATION: www.randomhowse.com, www.facebook.com/randomhowse


PRIME RIB THURSDAYS @ ORCAS HOTEL
(Prime Rib special every Thursday night!)
Choice prime rib served with organic vegetables, baked potato, au jus, and creamy horseradish. Full menu is still available and we have vegetarian options as well.

INFORMATION:  376-4300
 
 
PIZZA NIGHT AND OPEN MIC AT THE DOE BAY CAFÉ  
(Thursday Evenings - This month supporting Salmonberry School )
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: good pizza! The Café is open from 5-10 pm and Open Mic begins at 7:30 pm. 
Come out and support Salmonberry School! Each Thursday in June, Doe Bay Pizza and Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each pizza slice to Island Stage Left! Great food, music and a fantastic cause!

INFORMATION:  call 376-8059 or see www.doebay.com


PUB NIGHT @ ORCAS HOTEL:GENE NERY & MARTIN LUND
(Fridays @ 6:30 pm)
Pub Night is officially back, featuring live music with Gene Nery and Martin Lund. Chef Stephanie has added some fantastic new dishes to the menu. No reservations required, seating is first come, first served. We hope to see you there!

INFORMATION: 360-376-4300


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

INFORMATION: 360-376-4848

 
LIVE MUSIC @ ROSARIO 
(Saturday 6-9 pm) 
Enjoy the incredible guitar playing and smooth vocals of Orcas Island's own Gene Nery. 

INFORMATION: 360-376-2222
 

 

LIVE MUSIC @ THE DEER HARBOR INN RESTAURANT

(Fridays & Saturdays)

Come hear the sounds of Flamenco Guitar with Farhad Hanjan on Fridays and enjoy Live Piano with Ron Meyers every Saturday night for dinner and Fried Chicken Dinners on Sundays.  Open for dinner daily from 5 - 9 pm.

 

INFORMATION: Call 376-1040 for reservations
 
 
Classes & Seminars 


JOURNEY OFF THE MAP: VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2015
(Monday - Thursday, July 6 - 9, 9 am - Noon @ Community Church)
All island kids from three years through 6th grade are invited to attend a free jungly adventure at Orcas Island Community Church.

"Journey Off the Map: Vacation Bible School 2015" will lead young explorers through "uncharted territory" with crafts, games, Bible stories and jungle-themed snacks at "Survival Springs".

"The kids will get a 'survival kit' at check-in," says organizer and Expedition Director Kelly Carpenter, "because they will be entering into unknown territory... VBS is about developing relationships with other kids.

It's about the full experience, and about taking some important life lessons away."
The atmosphere will be transformed with jungle plants and flowers, streamers, a menagerie of exotic (if stuffed) creatures and colorful decor. In the Tangled Branch Tree House room, kids will hear about Daniel and the lions' den and other tales. At Rushing Waters, young Assistant Trail Guides will lead the group in dancing and grooving to new tunes. Rappelling Ravine recreation time will include fun with water balloons, tug-of-war, and obstacle courses led by young adults. At Craft time in the Shady Grove, kids will create beaded leather hiking sticks, fleece pillows, dried flower sun-catchers, and painted burlap banners.

"The motto is, 'This is the way; walk in it.'," says Carpenter. "Although we may not know the way, God does." Families are advised to pre-register, so that no one misses activities on Monday morning. Those unable to pre-register may sign up in person at 8:30am on Mon, July 6.  Registration forms are at the community church, or online. To phone OICC, call 376-6422. For an informational video on the program, Click Here.


YOGA @ DOE BAY
Doe Bay offers Yoga Classes almost every day of the week and hosts a number of Yoga Retreats throughout the year!  Please visit our online calendar for the dates and times that best fit your schedule. (##)


SUMMER INTENSIVE AND MASTER CLASS IN SONG INTERPRETATION AND PERFORMANCE @ ORCAS CENTER
(Monday, July 27, Tuesday, July 28, and Wednesday, July 29 from 2 - 8 pm)
Noah Racey -  Broadway Singer, Dancer, Actor and Choreographer - coming to Orcas Island.  Registration now open for ages 18 and older. Class will be held at Orcas Center, on Center Stage, with piano accompanist Grace McCune. Each day's class will be held from 2 - 8 pm, with a short break midday. There will be an option to perform for the public on July 29, or you may simply just take the class and opt out of the performance. 
Tuition: $100 per person.

INFORMATION: Register by email at gracemccune@hotmail.com

Announcements


VOTE LIKE A LOCAL. BUY A CANDIDATE INTO OFFICE
(Fundraiser for Children's House)
Join the Honorary Mayor of Eastsound candidates as they parade to the finish line in this heated, anything-can-happen campaign wrapping up 2 PM Saturday, July 4th.  Golden retriever Mayor Jack will be on hand to exchange the key to the Village when the winner  is announced at the Children's House booth at Farmer's Market. There is still time to influence the election by voting online (via www.oich.org),  Saturday at the Farmer's Market booth and at any of the official polling stations in businesses around town.
Open to virtually ANYONE, the Eastsound Mayoral Campaign is an annual fundraiser for Children's House. That means even YOU can vote, and so can your great-grandmother from Bulgaria, your crooked uncle in Attica, your sister's new baby, your chameleon (no matter what its color) and your French poodle. (Ok, maybe not the French poodle.)
Vote for orca Granny, parrot Oliver or canines Lewis, Bentley and Sullie.  All for a good cause. Feel good. Vote often.
Get a copy of the 2015 Voter's Guide and learn more about the candidates via www.oich.org.


CAMPFIRE PROHIBITED IN ALL STATE PARKS
(Open fires and use of charcoal briquettes prohibited until further notice)
Washington State Parks announced today that campfires in all state parks and ocean beaches in the Seashore Conservation Area are prohibited until further notice due to extreme heat and dry conditions. The ban is part of a statewide effort to prevent human-caused wildfires.
All State Parks are under a Level 4 Extreme fire ban or higher. A Level 4 ban means that fires are restricted to gas and propane self-contained camping stoves. No charcoal or wood fires will be allowed even in State Parks designated fire rings. In addition, as a further precaution, gas and propane may be used for cook stoves only.
As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, State Parks reminds the public that fireworks are never allowed on state parks property.


CANCER SUPPORT GROUP CELEBRATES JULY 9TH
(Thursday, July 9, 5 pm @ Community Church Fireside Room)  
The Cancer Support Group has been meeting once a month for four years and will be celebrating the beginning of the fifth year. The meetings are only an hour and include some treats. For the celebration on July 9th, the menu will be expanded to include chicken or vegetarian shish-ke-bobs, potato salad, and a yummy chocolate dessert called "dirt".
Please join us in the Fireside Room at the Community Church. Anyone touched by cancer, including survivors and caretakers, are welcome.
Please RSVP to carol@orcasblueheron.com.


KENMORE AIR JOB OPENING
Kenmore Air Express at the Eastsound Airport seeking part-time candidate with superior customer service skills. Contact andrewo@kenmoreair.com for more information! (##)


EMMANUEL EPISCOPAL PARISH TO GUIDE VISITORS TO CHURCH
(Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm)
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, on Main Street Eastsound, will open its doors for visitors every Saturday during the summer. During that time a group of volunteer docents will be available to guide the visitors in appreciating this beautiful church and its history. (##)


SUMMER LABYRINTH WALK SERIES BEGINS
(Next presentation Thursday, July 2 from 7 - 8 pm @ Emmanuel Parish Hall)
The labyrinth is a tool that can enhance your spiritual practice regardless of your faith or tradition.  Each event will begin with a short talk followed by an opportunity to walk the labyrinth.  Open to all - free.

INTRODUCTORY WALK - Will be presented 3 times on Saturdays; July 18 and August 15.   

LABYRINTH, as a path of prayer and meditation. THURSDAY, JULY 2 from 7 pm to 8 pm. "In prayer I talk to God. In meditation I listen." Following a short presentation we will practice "talking and listening" while walking the labyrinth. 

Each presentation will cover: brief history, various uses, different types of labyrinths, guidelines for walking. An opportunity will be provided to walk the indoor labyrinth and share experiences.

Continuing Art & Museum Shows
 

CHECK OUT THIS MONTH'S ARTIST @ WASHINGTON FEDERAL  
(New art every month)
Customers and non-Customers alike are welcome to stop by 35 Main St. in Eastsound and see fabulous art Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. We feature a different local artist every month.


ART EXHIBITS @ ORCAS CENTER 

(Friday, July 31 5:30-7 pm)
Opening Reception: Orcas Island Studio Tour Preview Show

 

THE GALLERY: A COOPERATIVE OF LOCAL PAINTERS 
THE GALLERY in Eastsound a cooperative of local artists, including the work of new member Brook Meinhardt  is now open for the season.
Location:  374 North Beach Rd, Eastsound.  Hours:  Wed. thru Sat 10 am to 4 pm.

  

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:  360-376-4544


ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Open Wednesdays - Saturdays from 11 am - 4 pm, Sundays 12 noon - 3 pm
Crow Valley School Museum: Friday & Saturday 12 noon - 3 pm

INFORMATION:  Call the Museum, 376-4849

 

 

MORAN MANSION MUSEUM TOURS

(Open Daily 8 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 @ 376-2152 ext. 300   

 

 

ROSARIO MUSIC CONCERT AND HISTORICAL NARRATIVE

(Saturdays at 4 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 @ 376-2152 ext. 300 


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Public Meetings on Orcas Island
  • San Juan County's public meeting list is found here.
 
Wednesday, July 8 (1:30 - 3:30 pm). Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee  (Deer Harbor Community Center). Call 376-3199 for more info. Public is welcome. Regularly scheduled on the second Wednesday of the month.      
  
Thursday, July 9 (4 pm - 6 pm).  Orcas Island Park & Recreation
District (Eastsound Fire Station). Meets second Thursday of the month.

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

Tuesday, July 14  (8:30 am). Orcas Island Public Library Board   (Library Meeting Room). Call 376-4985 for more information. Meets the second Tuesday of the month.

Tuesday, July 14 (5 pm). Eastsound Sewer and Water District meeting (East side of Airport, at end of Cessna Lane). Regularly scheduled on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.
 

Thursday, July 16 (5:30 pm). Orcas Fire District Commissioners  meeting (Eastsound Fire Hall). Call 376-2331 for more information. Regularly meets on the third Thursday of the month.       

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

Thursday, August 6 (3 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

 

Heather Johnson, Staff

Lisa Boyd, Staff 

 

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce 

 

Chamber Signature Box