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Mike Stolmeier
Charles Dalton
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Ken Speck, Ex Officio

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Beginning Sunday, Sept. 21, the fall sailing schedule goes into effect. The San Juan Islands will be served by four vessels with one daily round-trip to Sidney, BC via Friday Harbor. Please check the schedule online or pick up a purple schedule at the terminals, on the vessels, or at the Orcas Island Chamber Visitors Center.
First Annual Orcas Island Film Festival: Off The Edge 
Coming: October 10 - 13, 2014 
Orcas Island Film Fest

 

The festival will focus on films of the avant-garde, art house, trans-media and emerging edge film culture from around the world; featuring the most progressive directors, stories, techniques and ideas. Three filmmakers were awarded funding to make films set in the San Juan Islands, and these films will be shown at the festival, along with a lineup of intriguing films from regional and international filmmakers. OIFF is sponsored by Orcas Open Arts and the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). SIFF is recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America.    Learn more at OrcasFilmFest.com.

Events This Week

 LIVE THEATER: 'LOVE SONG' @ THE GRANGE
(Friday/Saturdays, 9/19 & 9/20; 9/26 & 9/27 and Sunday Sept 28 at 7:30 pm)
Actors Theater is moving back to the Grange to present a full production of "Love Song" by John Kolvenback. "Love Song" is a very different and unusual kind of comedy.  Called: "Richly comic and deeply touching." and "Outstanding" we learn that Beane (played by Zach Knight) is an exile from life-an oddball. Following a burglary on Beane's apartment, his sister, Joan (Melinda Milligan), and brother-in-law, Harry (Tom Fiscus) are baffled to find her brother blissfully happy and try to unravel the story behind his mysterious new love, Molly (Cara Russell).  Some strong language and adult situations may make this play unsuitable for children. Tickets for all performances are $10 and are available at Darvills.

INFORMATION: Call Doug Bechtel at 317-5601


LIVE MUSIC: RADIATION CITY @ THE LOWER TAVERN 
(Saturday, September 20 at 8 pm)
Check them out at radiationcity.net.  They have been on some major tours, appeared twice at Doe Bay Fest, and were named Best New Band in Portland in 2010.  They play keyboard and guitar driven indie-rock, with multiple female vocalists.  No Cover.


WHAT'S HAPPENING AT RANDOM HOWSE 
(Friday & Saturday) 

Friday - Join us for Latin Club Night featuring Reggaeton music, 9 pm, 21+

Saturday - Come enjoy JP and the OK Rhythm Boys (a favorite!) 6 pm, Dinner from 5 pm

 

 
ON SCREEN: 'CHEF' @ SEA VIEW THEATRE
(Friday & Saturday 8 pm)
A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. Rated R.

INFORMATION: 234 A St, 360-376-5724


ORCAS ISLAND FARMERS' MARKET  
(Saturdays from 10 am - 3 pm @ Eastsound Village Green)
Come enjoy the harvest! All Items sold in the market are grown or crafted by Orcas Island farmers and artisans. The market includes produce, much of it organic, crafts, art, jewelry, clothing, pottery, food and drink vendors, and some of Orcas Island's service organizations (historical museum, master gardeners). Everyone is welcome. Parking is where you find it. Public restrooms are available on the park grounds. Leashed dogs are permitted.

INFORMATION: For more information please call Jennifer Pietsch, Market Manager at 317-8342 or via email at orcasislandfarmersmarket@gmail.com


INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION
(Saturday, September 20, 1 pm @ Village Green)
World Peace Ceremony - setting our intentions for peace in every region of the world Music by Tom Rawson, Ellen van der Hoeven, Mandy Troxel and Salmonberry children A meaningful event for all ages.  Please join us!
Sponsored by Salmonberry School and San Juan County Parks.

INFORMATION:  Contact Linda Ellsworth at 376-2154


OPAL GALA CELEBRATES 25 YRS AND 100 AFFORDABLE HOUSES
(Saturday, September 20, 5:30 pm @ Orcas Center)

Celebrate 25 years of affordable housing at a gala dinner at Orcas Center on Saturday, September 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m. See a village of 100 house ornaments constructed by John Fletcher, decorated by 25 famous Orcas artists. Enjoy a gourmet meal by Mary Russell of Orcas Village Store, and be entertained by Tre Voci from Orcas and by members of Seattle's Threshold Ensemble improv troupe. A very limited number of seats are available at $125. Before 5 p.m. on Friday, September 19, follow this link  or call 376-3191 to check availability. Fun times will be had!

 

 

CANNABIS AT THE CROSSROADS: EXPLORING THE ROADS AHEAD
(Sunday, September 21, 4 pm @ Orcas Center)
Cannabis at the Crossroads: Exploring the Roads Ahead will be the first lecture of the Crossroads Fall 2014 Series.  Roger Roffman, Professor Emeritus School of Social Work , University of Washington will explore the sea change happening in our country with the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado - pitfalls and opportunities.  There will be a signing of his book Marijuana Nation, One Man's Chronicle of American Getting High: From Vietnam to Legalization.  

INFORMATION: Tickets $10 at Darvill's, online at www.orcascrossroads.org, or at the door


LIVE MUSIC: RADIATION CITY @ DOE BAY
(Monday, September 22 at 7:30 pm)
Check them out at radiationcity.net.  They have been on some major tours, appeared twice at Doe Bay Fest, and were named Best New Band in Portland in 2010.  They play keyboard and guitar driven indie-rock, with multiple female vocalists.  No Cover.

 
BLOOD DRIVE @ EASTSOUND FIRE HALL  
(Thursday, September 25 from 12 noon - 6 pm)
Walk-ins welcome. Donors with appointments have priority at registration. All donors will need photo ID or PSBC donor card to register.

INFORMATION:  For info or to schedule an appointment, please contact Paul Losleben at 376-6804 or email losleben@rockisland.com


NATIONAL THEATER LIVE ON SCREEN: STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
(Thursday, September 25, 7:30 pm @ Orcas Center)
The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic's history, Tennessee Williams' timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast live from their London home by National Theatre Live. With Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (BBC's Great Expectations, Three Sisters at the Young Vic) as Stella.
As Blanche's fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace - but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. Visionary director Benedict Andrews returns to the Young Vic following his Critics' Circle Award-winning Three Sisters. $18, $13 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members

INFORMATION:  360-376-2281 ex 1


OPEN MIC @ RANDOM HOWSE
(Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm. Dinner served from 6 - 9 pm)
FREE, ALL AGES WELCOME, usually goes to 10 - 10:30pm.

INFORMATION: 360-376-1111


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Announcements


VACASA IS HIRING ON ORCAS ISLAND!
Vacasa, a vacation rental management company and the 9th fastest growing private company in the nation (according to Inc. 500), is looking for a housekeeper and a maintenance technician to join our team on Orcas Island. The positions are part-time and benefits include; flexible hours,  401k (with company match), paid time off, and access to supplemental insurances. In order to apply, please complete our online application which can be found at www.vacasa.com/careers/. If you have any questions please contact Grant Steward at 208-392-1070.


COMMUNITY SOLAR FOR OUR SCHOOLS

The San Juan Islands Conservation District, in partnership with OPALCO and Bonneville Environmental Foundation are leading a project that is building momentum within the community.  The intent is to put solar panels on four public schools, Orcas, San Juan, Lopez and Shaw. Installation is expected in Feb 2015.

 

Help us reach our goal!  Community participation is fundamental.  You can learn more about Solar for Our Schools online at www.sjislandscd.org/community-solar  or call Michel at 376-6621.  We'll be at Farmers Market through September, so stop by and find out how we are harnessing the power of solar for our kids and our future. Learn about the teacher training and educational components which will turn use of solar power into an assumption not just an alternative. Sign up today!



ORCAS ISLAND GARDEN CLUB STARTS NEW YEAR
(Wednesday, September 17 from 10 am in  the Madrona Room @ Orcas Center)
The 2014/2015 Garden Club year starts now! Many exciting speakers await you this year.  First up is  Elisabeth Marshall with "Spectacular Peonies."  Everyone loves peonies.  Not only are they beautiful but, as it says on some plants at Driftwood Nursery,  the deer "tend not to eat them."  Elisabeth gardens on Lummi Island and raises 80 varieties of peonies and fruits and vegetables.  She will have peonies for sale at the meeting.  New members are welcome and may join the Garden Club at any meeting -- $20 per year, $25 for couples.  For further information see  orcasislandgardenclub.org.


AN INVITATION FROM FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
(Sunday, September 21, 1 - 3 pm @ Public Library Meeting Room)
Friends of the Library are holding their annual Membership Meeting this Sunday.  If you are a Friend of the Library, you are invited to come and cast your vote.  We will be electing new officers and Board members, hearing from our librarian, Phil Heikkenen, and having a VERY short meeting which will be mostly introductions.
Coffee and chocolates will be served and we have the always welcome opportunity to hear from Tom Welch discuss a fascinating aspect of Orcas Island history.
P.S.  While you are in town you can also attend the first Crossroads lecture of the year at 4 p.m. at the Orcas Center.  Professor Roger Roffman's lecture is titled "Cannabis at the Crossroads."


NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY IS COMING!
(Tuesday, September 23, 1 - 2:30 or 6 - 7:30 pm @ Public Library Meeting Room)
The League of Women Voters of the San Juans (LWV-SJ) have joined Leagues around the country to kick their election-season planning into high gear, with a lot of attention paid to plans to make this year's National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 23, the biggest ever! There will be two receptions at the Orcas Public Library Conference Room. When you come, you can fill out Voter Registration forms, find election information and local candidate forum information (no campaigning) and red hots, white raisins and blueberries just to keep you in the spirit! Bring someone to register to vote and we'll reward you with a special treat !
Just so you know, October 6 is the deadline for voter registration, address change and other updates.


HEARTS AND HANDS VOLUNTEER TRAINING AND ORIENTATION
(Thursday, Sept. 25)
There will be a Hearts and Hands training and orientation for people who would like to make a difference in the life of a senior or individual with a disability. The training will include volunteers who will share their successes with Hearts and Hands as well as information that will help volunteers be successfully matched with someone who could use some companionship and/or some help with transportation, dropping off groceries, or perhaps sharing interests and hobbies. The orientation takes place at the Senior Center on Thursday, September 25th from 5-7. Drop in is fine or call Didier Gincig at 376.7723. No cost.


SAVOR THE SAN JUANS THROUGHOUT OCTOBER!
Come savor the San Juan Islands during the entire month of October during the 7th Annual 'Savor the San Juans - A Month-long Medley of Food, Farms & Art'. This movable feast covers Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands for a memorable post-summer getaway, including the Bite of the San Juan Islands, Orcas Island Farm Tour, Lopez Island Three Farm Tour, Artstock, cooking demos, winemaker dinners, harvest festivals, and specials at some of the finest lodgings and restaurants in the "gourmet archipelago." (#)

INFORMATION:  For all of the delicious details see www.visitsanjuans.com/savor


ADVERTISE TO EVERY STUDENT, PARENT, ADMINISTRATOR AND TEACHER IN THE ORCAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS!
One of the most highly used information directories on Orcas is the OIEF Public School Directory and your business should be in it!   Space reservations are now being taken for the coming 2014-2015 Directory that will be printed and distributed in December to every student's family in the public school system as well as all of the teachers and administrators.  
Also, your advertising dollars will be a DONATION to the Orcas Island Education Foundation which provides scholarships and valuable education-related programs K-12.  Ads start at only $30 for business card size and up to $145 for a full page.  Artwork will be created free if you need it designed for you.  Space deadline is October 15! (#)

INFORMATION: Contact Madie Murray at 3064 or gomadie@gmail.com


FREE FIRE SAFETY INSPECTIONS TO LOCAL BUSINESSES
As a courtesy to the community of Orcas Island, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue (OIFR) will be providing a pilot program of complimentary fire safety inspections to island businesses at no charge. Fire safety inspections reduce fire risk and help to keep the community safe and "in business."  Inspector R.J. Myers who is temporarily employed by OIFR, will soon be making the rounds in Eastsound and other areas on Orcas offering fire safety inspections on a voluntary basis at no cost to businesses. To schedule an inspection, he will contact businesses by phone, email, or simply knock on your door. He will be happy to schedule a time that works best for you, or you can contact him at (360) 376-2331.(##)

INFORMATION:  Email at kobrien@orcasfire.org or call 360-376-2331


MOBILE DENTAL CLINIC RETURNS TO ORCAS
(Friday/Saturday, September 19/20)
The Mobile Dental Clinic from Medical Teams International returns to Orcas on Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20th.  Services provided during the clinic will be free of charge to qualifying community members, thanks to the donation of skills and resources by our local dentists and hygienists and support from generous community donors.  
Applications are available on line at www.oicf.us , or can be picked up at the Food Bank, the Public Library, Orcas Family Connections or the County Health office at the Senior Center.  Completed applications can be dropped off in the Dental Box outside the Public Library. Once you have completed your application, please email orcasdentalvan@gmail.com with the best time to reach you by phone.  Applications will be reviewed and prioritized based on severity of dental needs and pain.   If you have questions regarding the application or available services, please contact Barbara Ehrmantraut, 376-3395.
The dental clinic is funded and coordinated through the Orcas Island Community Foundation.  Both Dr. Ivans and Dr. Bailey and staff members are volunteering to provide care.  Dr. Triplet is providing a series of free extraction clinics for the community as well.   Jim Biddick is coordinating volunteers to provide check-in support and can be reached at 376-2488.  The Orcas Community Church is hosting the van. Housing for the van driver has been contributed by the Gudgell family, Jim and Betsy Nelson and the Outlook Inn over the past 2 years.  If you are able to provide housing within the Eastsound area during upcoming visits, please contact the Orcas Island Community Foundation, 376-6423.  Working together, we bring bright smiles to our community.


CALLING ALL CHILI COOKS! COOK-OFF TO BENEFIT THE GIVING TREE
(September 27 at Village Green, Eastsound)
Fall is on its way which means it is time for the Third Annual Chili Cook-off right on the Eastsound Village Green Saturday, Sept. 27.
All proceeds from the chili tasting and voting go toward buying gifts for the Island Market Giving Tree to insure that no island child goes without a gift during the Christmas season.  Last year's event raised $2,500. Can the island top $3,000 for this year's tree?
Competition last year was fierce. Do you have what it takes? For $35 you too can throw your hat (or ladle) in the ring, bring your best to the table and come on out to challenge last year's event winner, The Island Skillet - word is that they are bringing a new recipe.  Entries are filling up with a number of contenders coming back to vie for the top spot.
Cash prizes derived from entry fees are awarded to the top three entries as chosen by attendees.
Special thanks to the Orcas Community and sponsors: Orcas Family Connections, Orcas Kiwanis Club, Orcas Island Lions Club, Orcas Island Farmers' Market, Island Market and Island Hoppin' Brewery. (##)

INFORMATION:  For an entry application and rules contact: Jim Biddick 376-2488 or Jennifer Pietsch at 317-8342 or at orcasislandfarmersmarket@gmail.com


MOBILE CSO VAN IS COMING!
(Tues/Wed, October 7/8 from 9 am - 5 pm, Community Church parking lot)
DSHS Community Service is bringing their services to Orcas. You can apply for Cash Assistance, Basic Food Assistance, Child Care Services. You can also drop off paperwork, complete an Eligibility Review, Mid-Certification Review or make changes to an existing case. Division of child Support (DCS) will be on the truck on October 7 to assist you with your case or questions.

 
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TRUNK SHOW @ THE NEST
(Friday, September 19 from 3 - 7 pm)
It seems as if our amazing summer flew by, and here it is September - time to regroup, reflect and make time to drop by Nest for yet another amazing Audrey Daniels Trunk Show!  Be sure to join us for our yearly event.  Browse Audrey's jewelry while enjoying delicious snacks, libations and conviviality!   We'd also like to give a huge thank you for your continued support throughout the year.  We wouldn't be here without you!

INFORMATION:  360-376-4580


FALL SPECIALS ON WEBSITES!
Do you need more web visibility for your business?  Are you looking to be found in search engine searches?  Blooming Minda Media can help you accomplish your goals. We specialize in building websites from the ground up and internet promotions.  We can help your business get found through Facebook, Google and other media channels.  Whether you want to set up an Ecommerce site, get a new logo designed or automatically sell tickets or packages online we can help. We can optimize your website for search engines so you are found when people search for your subject.  Drop in to our Eastsound office for a free consultation and quotation about meeting your online needs. We are running a fall special...25% off of our usual website deign prices for a limited time. (#)

INFORMATION:  Visit www.bloomingmindmedia.com or call 206-914-9368


SOARING CRANE HEALING

Boost your immune system with acupuncture,  and prevent or treat colds and flus this fall. After the long, busy summer, take the time to balance and renew your energy  with a relaxing, rejuvenating acupuncture treatment at Soaring Crane Healing. Lori Wilson LAC, East Asian Medicine Practitioner. (##) 

 

INFORMATION:  Call 376-5900 or email 1healingcrane@gmail.com for an appointment

 

Classes & Seminars


THE KNOWING FIELD ~ MAKING VISIBLE WHAT HAS BEEN HIDDEN
(Friday, Sept 20, 6 - 9 pm  or Saturday, Sept 21, 1 - 6 pm @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio)             
~Why do patterns repeat in my life? Why has this happened to me?
~What is my next step in life? What keeps me from taking the next step?
~What's the decision to be taken?
These might be some of the questions that take you to our workshop of the "Knowing Field". Led by Beat Fehr and Kristen Slabaugh in a small and intimate group, you as a member of the group get the chance to look at an issue in your life. Participants acting as representatives in your personal constellation can help you make visible the hidden dynamics in your life. Friday Class  $25    Saturday Class  $50     Both dates  $ 65.

INFORMATION: Call Kristen: (360) 472-0788 or email kristen@myorcasisland.com


FUNDAMENTALS OF BIRD WATCHING
(Thursdays or Saturdays, 10am- 1pm, Sept 25- Nov 1 @ Orcas Island Library)
Ornithologist/ artist, Kim Middleton, will introduce the birds of Orcas Island and teach identification techniques to enhance the birding experience by focusing on form and proportions, plumage and flight patterns, bird behavior and habitat use.  This course consists of five classroom sessions held at the Orcas Island Library and one local field trip.  This fundamental class is fun and engaging and is only $80.  Choose one of two concurrent classes, Thursdays 10 am to 1 pm, September 25- Oct 30 or Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm, September 27- Nov 1.

INFORMATION: 360-317-5605 or kim@kimmiddleton.com


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: www.doebay.com


'LEAVE NO TRACE' WORKSHOP TO HELD ON ORCAS
(Sunday, September 28,  12:30 pm-4:30 pm @ Cascade Lake, Day Use Kitchen Shelter)
'Leave No Trace' selected San Juan Islands as one of its eight endangered 'Hot Spots' in the nation and is hosting educational training events in the islands.
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team are partnering with the San Juan Islands to host community events and educational activities September 25-29, 2014. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers travel throughout the country providing public education about how to reduce impacts in the outdoors. The following is a list of events happening in the San Juan Islands that are free and open to the public:
Volunteer and San Juan Recreation Tourism Business Trainings- Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers for one of three free interactive presentations and discussions that will focus on the elements of the Leave No Trace minimum impact program.  The first two hours of each session will highlight the Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program, which is applicable to all outdoor enthusiasts and all environments. Participants will be provided with information on how to easily and effectively integrate Leave No Trace into their daily lives and businesses. The second two hours of the course will focus on how to teach Leave No Trace methods to others and learn how to promote change in visitor and/or employee behavior.
To RSVP for Workshops please contact the San Juan County Parks Administration office at parks@sanjuanco.com or 360-378-8420.



ART WORKSHOP: UNDERSTANDING COMPOSITION THROUGH SHAPE & NOTAN
(Saturday-Sunday, October 4-5, 9:30am-4:30pm @ Orcas Art Studio)
 A nationally renowned teaching artist Mitchell Albala is coming to Orcas to teach this hands-on workshop on composition, that helped popularize the notan and redefine how it can be used by contemporary artists.
Working first from masterworks, then photographs, and finally from life (still lives) in both painting, drawing and collage exercises, you will learn to identify the dark-light composition and, most importantly, to "think in notan" - to make better choices in the formative stages of your work in order to bring greater order and power to your compositions.
Mitchell Albala is an author of Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice and a respected teaching artist for more than 25 years. He has also lectured at the Seattle Art Museum and written for Artists & Illustrators and International Artist magazines.
Orcas Art Studio is located at Airport Center (1286 Mt. Baker Rd, Suite A4).

INFORMATION: For info and registration visit orcasartstudios.com or email us at info@orcasartstudios.com


KIDS YOGA SERIES @ ORCAS MANDALA YOGA STUDIO
(Mondays & Wednesday, October 6 - 29 from 3:30-4:15pm)
This 4-week Yoga Series for Kids offers the fundamentals of basic yoga poses and easy breath work through games, pose sharing, and specific instruction. This class is for children who want to learn the poses, stretch and move, and experience quieting the
body- all while having fun! Rebecca has taught kids yoga at circus camps, summer camps, preschools, after school programs, and at the YMCA for over 10 years.
Ages 6-12 with the option of contacting Instructor for different ages.
Entire Series ~ $40.  Drop in ~ $8/class.

INFORMATION:  email info@orcasmandala.com, call 360-298-0218, or visit www.orcasmandala.com


YOGA BASIC FOR BEGINNERS @ ORCAS MANDALA YOGA STUDIO
(Mondays & Wednesday, October 6 - 29 from 5:30 - 7 pm)
This 4-week Iyengar Yoga Series  will be a slow-paced journey into the fundamentals of a Yoga practice, giving the practitioner a solid foundation upon which to build.  It is an appropriate class for those who are starting for the first time, starting over, or recovering from a minor injury or limitation.
With a focus on breath, attention to basic alignment and therapeutic principals, students will be compassionately encouraged to build strength, increase their flexibility and improve balance, often moving beyond previous personal limitations. Utilization of props and modification of postures will be incorporated to assist students in confidently finding their own pose. Mindfulness; observing breath and body are an integral part of class. The postures and the structure of the class cultivate a meditative and peaceful state, and students will leave feeling calm and refreshed.
All Levels, Beginners & Drop-ins Welcome! Entire Series~$80  Drop in~$15/class or class card.

INFORMATION:  email info@orcasmandala.com, call 360-298-0218, or visit www.orcasmandala.com


MINDFULNESS MEDITATION WEEKEND RETREAT
(Saturday/Sunday, October 11/12 @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio)
Daily Schedule:
Yoga session with Djuna 8-8:45am
Meditation retreat with Brent Morton 9am-4pm (1 hour lunch break from 12-1)
During this weekend mindfulness workshop we will learn to quiet our minds and open our hearts through the practices of insight meditation (mindfulness) and lovingkindness meditations (metta). Together we will discover that freedom is possible through meeting ourselves, our relationships, and our world more fully with wisdom, compassion, and acceptance.  Brent will offer an array of practices including:
Nervous system regulation, Self soothing techniques, Mindful ways to work with difficult emotions and trauma, Establishing a daily mindfulness routine, Calming the inner critic,
Self compassion, Mindful movement, Mindful eating, The neuroscience of meditation.
No experience in meditation is necessary. Beginners and advanced practitioners are welcome to come and explore their minds.  The retreat will include an all levels yoga session with Djuna each morning from 8-8:45 am.
Cost: $150 before Sept. 12th $175 after (2 scholarships are available, please email djuna@yogapracticeandreflection.com to apply)


Restaurant News & Dining Deals

 

 

WEST SOUND CAFE HOURS TO CHANGE 
West Sound Café is open for business Wednesday - Sunday thru September 28.  We are closed:  September 29 - October 8 -- a vacation for all our employees. 
We reopen:  
The Fall/Winter Bistro at West Sound Café on October 9.  Chef Joe Cain will present a smaller, fun, creative, ever changing, and as always, delicious menu targeting our local guests.  October 9 thru December 20.  Thursday, Friday and Saturdays Only.  5:00 to 8:30 Dinner.
  

 

 

THE KITCHEN SPECIALS 

Stop in today and tomorrow for some tasty house-made spring rolls! Your choice of chopped breast of free-range chicken and vegetables or chopped tofu and vegetables, served with chili-lime dipping sauce. Comes with a half-order of TK vegetables and rice on the side-15.  We also have fresh oatmeal chocolate chip cookies-- 2.50

 

 

FALL HOURS FOR DOE BAY CAFÉ
(Thursday - Monday)
Brunch: Friday-Monday 8 am - 2 pm ... Dinner: Friday - Monday 5 - 9 pm
Doe Bakery: Thursday 8-Noon ... Open Mic & Pizza Night: Thursday 5-10pm ...
Closed Tuesday - Wednesday (#)
*Café will be closed for dinner both Saturday and Sunday, September 19th & 20th for private events

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


FALL HOURS @ THE MANSION RESTAURANT
Breakfast:       8 am to 11 am Daily
Lounge :     Sunday-Thursday: 12pm to 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 12pm to 10:00pm    
Dinner:     Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm to 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Happy Hour: Monday-Thursdays 3 pm - 5 pm
(The Cascade Bay Grill is now closed for the season)
Daily Organ Concerts end September 20, Saturdays only after that. (#)

INFORMATION:  360-376-2222


Continuing Restaurant Specials
 
 
RED RABBIT FARM IS SERVING FARM-TO-TABLE DINNERS 
(Sundays at 6 pm through September) 
Throughout the season we offer a series of Farm to Table dinners.  The dinners are robust affairs, but limited to forty people.  We set the long table in the meadow or in the barn.  We fill bowls and platters with the best our farmers can provide that day.

INFO & RESERVATIONS: Call 360-376-3208


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 Anthony 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
 
 
HAPPY HOUR @ ROSARIO 
(Monday thru Thursday, 3 - 5 pm) 
Enjoy Happy Hour(s) in the Moran Lounge.


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
 

 

PIZZA NIGHT AND OPEN MIC AT THE DOE BAY CAFÉ 
(Thursday Evening) 
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 Children's House! Each Thursday in September, Doe Bay Pizza and Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each pizza slice to Children's House! Great food, music and a fantastic cause! 

INFORMATION:  call 376-8059 or see doebay.com

  

 

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
 
 
Upcoming Events


'A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE' AT ORCAS CENTER
(Thursday, September 25 at 7:30 pm)
Gillian Anderson joins the roster of great actresses: Vivian Leigh, Cate Blanchet, Jessica Tandy, Rachel Weisz to inhabit the role of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' classic, timeless, Pulitzer Prize winning, masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire which streams live from the Young Vic in London to Orcas Center on Thursday, September 25 at 7:30 pm. Tickets for A Streetcar Named Desire from NT Live are $18, $13 for students, $2 off for Orcas Center members, and may be purchased at www.orcascenter.org or by calling 376-2281 ext. 1 or visiting the Orcas Center Box Office open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from noon - 4 pm. For more information about Orcas Center 2014 season events, please visit www.orcascenter.org.


WHALE OF A SHOW 2014 @ ORCAS CENTER
(Saturday, September 27 at 6:30 pm)
Whale of a Show is happening at Orcas Center on the center stage Saturday, September 27 at 6:30 pm. This annual variety show features performances by children, youth, and families. The talents showcased include singing, dancing, and musicianship.  Several performers have been participating for years, while for some this is their first time on stage.  The show is produced and emceed by Didier Gincig and his daughter, Emilie Gincig.  All proceeds benefit Orcas Center's youth programs. Tickets for Whale of a Show are   $8, and may be purchased at www.orcascenter.org or by calling 376-2281 ext. 1 or visiting the Orcas Center Box Office open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from noon - 4 pm. For more information about Orcas Center 2014 season events, please visit www.orcascenter.org.

INFORMATION:  360-376-2281 ex 1


LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER WORKSHOP ON ORCAS ISLAND
(Sunday, September 28; 12:30 - 4:30 pm at Cascade Lake Shelter)
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team are partnering with the San Juan Islands to host community events and educational activities September 25-29, 2014. All members of the San Juan Islands community are encouraged to attend and learn about Leave No Trace principles to help protect and preserve the Islands for years to come.

Volunteer and San Juan Recreation Tourism Business Trainings- Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers for one of three free interactive presentations and discussions that will focus on the elements of the Leave No Trace minimum impact program.  The first two hours of each session will highlight the Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program, which is applicable to all outdoor enthusiasts and all environments. Participants will be provided with information on how to easily and effectively integrate Leave No Trace into their daily lives and businesses. The second two hours of the course will focus on how to teach Leave No Trace methods to others and learn how to promote change in visitor and/or employee behavior. 
To RSVP for Workshops
please contact the San Juan County Parks Administration office at parks@sanjuanco.com or 360-378-8420.  Sunday September 28: Orcas Island Day: 12:30 pm-4:30 pm. Workshop location: Moran State Park, Cascade Lake, Day Use Kitchen Shelter


DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE ON ORCAS ISLAND

(Sunday, September 28  7 - 9 pm @ Odd Fellows Hall)
The Dances of Universal Peace are simple circle dances to live music. These dances vary from celebratory to meditative  and are inspired by the many sacred traditions from around the world. No experience is necessary.  Come alone or bring a friend.  All dances are taught to the group each time.

INFORMATION:  Contact Lily at 206-713-6263 or email starlily4@gmail.com

 

HERITAGE HARVEST FEAST TO BENEFIT HISTORICAL MUSEUM

(Saturday, October 4, 5:30 pm @ Red Rabbit Farm)
Tis' the season of great food, wine and the celebration of the harvest!  Join us for the Orcas Island Historical Museum "Heritage Harvest Feast" at Red Rabbit Farm on October 4th at 5:30.  The farm to table family style dinner will be prepared by our own Christina Orchid!   Please help us with this wonderfully worthy event while you enjoy the flavors of the great menu planned!

INFORMATION:  Contact Maggie Vinson at the Museum office 360-376-4849 or Michele Wiley 360-722-2802 for more information and tickets 

 

 

LIVE MUSIC: CAROLINE HERRING @ ORCAS CENTER

(Saturday, October 4 @ 7:30 pm)
With accolades and endorsements from critics and fellow musicians alike, Signature Sounds recording artist Caroline Herring has emerged as one of the most literate and distinctive songwriters of her generation and one of the freshest voices to hit the music scene in a long time.  Caroline has established herself as a lyrical and inventive songwriter and a singer whose vocals never fail to move the listener with her high trills and rich vibrato. The Mississippi native, now based in Atlanta, has been compared to Lucinda Williams, Joan Baez, and even Mozart.
Tickets are  $25, $21 Orcas Center members, $15 students.


INFORMATION:  360-376-2281 ex 1

 

 
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. Ruthie Newman is the artist for the month of September, at Washington Federal.  Her art is best described as Ceramic relief sculpture with a theme of the political and educational repression of women and children in Pakistan.
Stop by and check out her work!


ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
(Open Wednesdays - Saturdays from 11 am - 4 pm, Sundays 12 - 3 pm)
CROW VALLEY SCHOOL MUSEUM
(Open Wednesdays & Saturdays from 12 noon - 3 pm)
Summer hours May -Sept.  The Crow Valley School Museum is open Wednesdays & Saturdays 12 - 3 pm ;  Museum Office Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:30 pm to 4:30 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

(Monday thru 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. 

Tuesday, September 23 (4:30 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, October 2 (3 pm). Eastsound Planning Review Committee. (Eastsound Fire Station). Meets first Thursday of the month.

  

Wednesday, October 8 (1:30 - 3:30 pm). Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee (Deer Harbor Community Center). Call 376-3199 for more information. Public is welcome. Regularly scheduled on the second Wednesday of the month.    


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

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

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

Tuesday, October 14 (5:30 pm). Orcas Fire District Commissioners meeting (Eastsound Fire Hall). Call 376-2331 for more information. Regularly meets on the second Tuesday 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

 

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce 

 

Chamber Signature Box