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

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Lance Evans
Executive Director
Heather Johnson, staff
Lisa Boyd, staff
Michele Wiley, volunteer 
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65 North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
Office: (360) 376-2273

 
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Summer Ferry Reservations begin Tuesday, April 28 
You can begin making Summer ferry reservations to and from Orcas Island on Tuesday, April 28 (for travel dates June 14 - 30).  Visit www.takeaferry.com  to learn how to make your reservations and see the roll-out dates for the summer schedule (June 14 - September 19).  In the meantime, check our Ferry Tip Sheet for more information.
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Time to make your plans for the Second Annual Orcas Island BirdFest!  It all happens April 30 - May 3.

The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce hosts BirdFest, a celebration of birds!  Nature tours, workshops, fine art exhibition and scientific symposium; all focusing on the health and wonder of birds and grassroots solutions.

to learn about the great events!  Sign up now for a seminar with author Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull) and join us for a dinner celebration at Inn at Ship Bay, featuring professor & author, UW Professor Dr. John Marzluff (Subirdia & Gifts of the Crow).
 
Art Show Opening 

You are invited!  Don't miss the art opening - "All Things Birds & Beautiful" - on Thursday, April 30 (5 pm - 7 pm) at the Orcas Island Historical Museum.  Please stop by to see (and buy) some amazing bird art!

BirdFest Dinner

Our BirdFest dinner on Saturday, May 2 is at The Inn at Ship Bay (5:30 pm - 9 pm).  In addition to a fabulous silent auction & dinner, guest speaker John Marzluff (Professor of Wildlife Science, University of Washington) previews his dinner talk:

 

"My presentation can be thought of as a field guide to your ecosystem. We will explore the ecology of the birds in your backyard, emphasizing how they survive with and inspire us. I will end with offering principles about how to sustain the birds that live in the places where we work live and play."

  

Chef Geddes Martin will present a classic Ship Bay menu for our dinner:

  • Assorted appetizers served upon arrival
  • Spring Greens and Shaved Vegetable Salad, Toasted Almonds, Whole Grain Mustard Dressing
  • Mad Hatcher Chicken with Rhubarb Herb Relish
  • Dark Chocolate & Italian Plum Tart
 We sincerely hope we see you for this dinner, and during BirdFest!  Check out the great activities at OrcasIslandBirdFest.com!

If you have any questions, please email
 or call (360-376-2273) the Chamber of Commerce or The Office Cupboard (360-376-2378).

Events This Week & Beyond


AMERICAN TUG SPRING FLING AT DEER HARBOR MARINA
(April 23 - 26)
The Deer Harbor Marina will be home to the West Coast American Tug Owner's and their fleet of tugs for the annual "Spring Fling." The American Tug Owners Association is a very active group with multiple boating events throughout the year. Events for the "Spring Fling" weekend include potluck dinners at the Deer Harbor Community Club, Chicago style hot dogs, a marine swap meet on the marina party barge, Eastsound shopping and Island touring, and a send off dinner on Saturday night at the Deer Harbor Inn. Orcas locals Susan and Rex Chadwell, owners of the American Tug "Flexible" docked at the Deer Harbor Marina, have hosted the event for the past four years. Come over to the marina to see some beautiful American Tug yachts, manufactured in the LaConner, USA.

INFORMATION:  Contact Steve Scruggs of Tomco Marine Group at 360-466-2961
 

MOVIE OF THE WEEK: HOME
(Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm @ Sea View Theater)
When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME. Super family friendly movie for the entire family.  See the Trailer here. Rated PG (animation).
The lounge opens @ 6:30pm for beer, wine, concessions and conversation.

INFORMATION: 360-376-5724, 234 A St


IT'S THE 10TH ANNUAL PLAYWRIGHTS' FESTIVAL @ THE GRANGE
(Friday/Saturday, April 24/25 and Friday-Sunday, May 1-3, performances at 7:30 pm)
The 10th Annual Playwrights' Festival presented by The Actors Theater of Orcas Island, will be performed on the Grange stage! Come and see this years' series of seven short plays, all written, directed, and performed by the members of our community. PlayFest will surprise you, make you laugh, make you think, and always make you cry (but just a little.) This event gives islanders a stage upon which to display their own literary creations, their acting abilities, and directorial vision. There will be a free dress rehearsal that is open to the public on Thursday April 23. Tickets are $10, and all performances begin at 7:30 pm, with doors open at 7 pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, at Darvill's Bookstore, or online.

INFORMATION: For additional info contact Cara Russell at lobby_drifter@hotmail.com.


HEALING ARTS FAIR
(Saturday/Sunday, April 25/26)
For this fundraiser, offered twice a year, practitioners donate their services, and all proceeds to support the nonprofit organization that maintains the historic Eastsound Building. The greatly discounted rates allow clients to try out new services and providers. Different styles of massage and bodywork and acupuncture are available. Several sessions of non-violent communication and empathy coaching are offered by coupons redeemable thru May.

INFORMATION: To make an appointment call the Healing Arts Center at 376-4002 or stop by 453 North Beach Rd. 9 am - 3 pm Monday - Friday


GRANNY'S ATTIC RUMMAGE SALE
(Saturday, April 25 from 10 am - 3 pm @ Orcas Senior Center)
Lots of amazing items, like this mahogany gaming table from an old Seattle family estate, with barley twist legs and lion brasses. Signed Acoma pots from New Mexico, 12-piece china tea set, home decor, great quality kitchen items, tools, furniture, antiques, and so MUCH more! This is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the Orcas Senior Center, 62 Henry Rd. Please come find a treasure to take home with you.

INFORMATION: To donate items, time is running out - call Jami at 376-7929


THE MET: LIVE IN HD - CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA & PAGLIACCI
(Sunday, April 26 at 1 pm @ Orcas Center)
Opera's most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cavalleria) and Patricia Racette (Pagliacci) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.
$18, $13 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members.

INFORMATION:  360-376-2281 x1


BOOK SIGNING: DON LEIBICH @ DARVILL'S BOOKSTORE
(Sunday, April 26 from 1 - 2 pm)
Come meet Don Liebich, author of Fault Lines: The Layman's Guide to Understanding America's Role in the Ever-Changing Middle East.

INFORMATION: 360-376-2135


JOIN US FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL ORCAS ISLAND BIRDFEST!
(Thursday, April 30 - Sunday, May 3)
Sign up now for these fun & exciting events at OrcasIslandBirdFest.com. A sample:
  • All Things Birds & Beautiful Art Show Reception (Thursday, April 30) at Orcas Island Historical Museum (5 pm - 7 pm)
  • Bird & nature walks, seminars, art show & Richard Bach talk (Friday, May 1)
  • Bird parade, nature hikes, bird photo & painting classes, art show & our big dinner (Saturday, May 2)
  • Bird walks, wildlife trips, and more! (Sunday, May 3)

'CONVERSATIONS' - A FILM SERIES
(Thursday, April 30 - Doors open @ 6:30pm - SEA VIEW THEATRE)
Orcas Open Arts presents a spring film series that hopefully will create enriching conversations and connections. The first film is called "Minor Differences".  What do a thief, kidnapper, two murderers and a heroin addict have in common with your child, brother, father? Take away the labels and you'll find these imprisoned teenagers are an awful lot like people you know. MINOR DIFFERENCES introduces five juvenile offenders in maximum security lock-up. We meet them again 18 years later. F
Filmmaker Heather Dew Oaksen did not set out to establish long-term relationships with these jailed teens. But they won her heart and she won their trust. Their powerful first person stories illustrate their struggle to overcome childhood trauma and incarceration as we witness their transformation from boys to men. The evening will begin at 6:30 with live music, soup de jour, beer and wine in the Seaview lounge, and the film starts at 7:30 pm. There is a Q&A with the filmmaker and one of the men featured in the film followed by a reception for informal discussion about how the community can help our youth at risk.  Tickets:  Adults $10.00   $8.00 Seniors  Students FREE  -  Available at Darvill's bookstore and BrownPaperTickets.com.   Co- Sponsored by The Islands Sounder.  

INFORMATION:  376-5860


IT'S TIME AGAIN FOR COUNTRY CORNER DAY!
(Saturday, May 2 from 11 am - 2 pm)
Please join us for our Customer Appreciation Day at Country Corner. We will have Horse Rides provided by Orcas Island Trail Rides, the Bounce House, Hot Dogs, Root Beer Floats, Pizza, Granitas, Prizes and more! Don't miss out on our yearly Thank You event - See you there!

INFORMATION:  Country Corner Market & Deli, 360-376-6900


COMMUNITY DANCE CLASS @ ODD FELLOWS HALL
(Monday, May 4 from 7 - 9 pm)
Local instructors are again offering their community dance class.  This class will be Waltz.  Instruction will begin promptly at 7 pm followed by dancing at 8 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. Come out and enjoy yourself while learning to dance.

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

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BY DONATION CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY CLINIC
(April 24)
Suzi Zobrist will offer a By Donation Craniosacral Therapy Clinic at Orcas Mandala Yoga & Bodywork Studio.  Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on healing modality that works with subtle rhythms and energies in the body to support the healing of illnesses, injuries, and traumas. The craniosacral system includes the brain, the cerebrospinal fluid, the system of membranes inside the cranium, all 22 cranial bones, the spine, pelvis and sacrum. By using precise and gentle contacts, sensitive fingers and present attention, the movement and energetics of the bones are followed and longstanding patterns of tension and stored trauma are unwound. You receive this work fully clothed.
  • 90 minute Session Times: 11:30am - 1pm,  1:30 - 3 pm, 3:30 - 5 pm
To book your session, email info@orcasmandala.com the date and time you would like.

INFORMATION:  For more information: www.orcasmandala.com or call 360-298-0218


WE'RE HOME! THE ORCAS ISLAND ARTWORKS RE-OPENS IT'S DOORS IN OLGA
(Saturday, April 25)
Come see our beautifully renovated building brimming over with fresh new fine art and crafts - all made on Orcas Island. We have six fabulous new artists, working in clay, sculpture, jewelry, furniture and photography. Celebrating our 35th season! Open daily from 10 to 5. 376-4408.
   Check out the brand new Catkin Cafe, an all-scratch kitchen offering a menu that changes with the seasons, featuring island grown meat and produce and house made pastries and sweets. Serving strong coffee, fine loose leaf tea, beer and wine. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 to 3. 376-3242.  A huge THANK YOU to our community and to every one of you who helped make our journey home possible! (#)
  
 
YOGA SPECIALS FOR NEW STUDENTS TO ORCAS MANDALA
(For Orcas Island Residents only)
3 Group Yoga Classes for $20. 3 Private Yoga Sessions for $195 (60 min each) (##)



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Restaurant News & Dining Deals

 

 

THIS WEEK FROM THE KITCHEN....

(Thursday/Friday)
TODAY! A local special today NOT TO BE MISSED: Lopez Island JFF leg of pork, roasted with a honey-rhubarb-lime preserve glaze. Served with a slice of roasted cauliflower with buttery nettle pesto, rice and braising greens-16. UMMM!
Specials are available Thursday and Friday, until we run out.

INFORMATION: 360-376-6958

 

 

ORCAS FOOD CO-OP HAS NEW HOURS

New Store Hours:  Monday - Saturday 8 am - 8 pm, Sunday 10 am - 6 pm.
New Deli Hours:  Monday - Saturday 8 am - 7 pm, Sunday 10 am - 5 pm. (#)

INFORMATION:  360-376-2009

 

 

THE LOFT AT MADRONA OPENS THIS WEEKEND!
(Friday - Sunday, April 24 - 26)
We are pleased to announce that The Loft is re-opening from our winter break.  We will be open for dinner both Friday and Saturday nights and open for Sunday Brunch from    10 am - 2 pm.  We have expanded our menu with many new fresh and exciting dishes.


INFORMATION:  Please call for reservations!  376-7173

 

CO-OP MEMBER DISCOUNT @ DOE BAY CAFE

(Sunday nights in April!)
Are you a member of the Orcas Food Co-op? Then come join us at the Doe Bay Cafe on Sunday nights and receive a discount on your dinner during the months of March and April. Flash your membership card and receive 15% off your meal!  

 

INFORMATION: Please call the Cafe for details and to make reservations, 360-376-8059

 

 

CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY AT THE NEW LEAF CAFE!
(Sunday, May 10 from 8 am - 1 pm)

We will be serving our full breakfast menu with a few extra special additions for Mother's Day Brunch. Larger parties of 5 or more are encouraged to make brunch reservations at 376-2200.

 

ANOTHER WINE DINNER IS COMING TO INN AT SHIP BAY

(Thursday, May 28 @ 6 pm)
Inn at Ship Bay is having a Wine Dinner with Nina Buty, Founder & "Guiding Light" of Buty Wines of Walla Walla, WA.(She is also developed "Friends of" the BEAST Wine too!)  Nina, a Washington State native, has had a unique perspective of the wine industry in her 15 years at Buty Winery. During that time, she has watched and been a part of the growth which has made the Walla Walla Wine Region one of the top wine destinations of the West Coast. She will share her wines, stories, wisdom and wit all with a multi-course dinner that Chef has started to plan. So, the wines are being selected andmenus are being developed, all that is missing is you!

INFORMATION:  Call 360.376.5886 or email shipbay@rockisland.com for reservations, seating is limited    

   

Continuing Restaurant Specials


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

INFORMATION:  376-7171


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 Orcas Food Co-op)
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 Camp Orkila! Each Thursday in April, Doe Bay Pizza and Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each pizza slice to Camp Orkila! Great food, music and a fantastic cause! (##)

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

 
PUB NIGHT @ ORCAS HOTEL:GENE NERY & MARTIN LUND
Coming May 22!
(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


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


BEERS & BRATS AT ROSARIO
 
(Sundays from Noon - 9 pm)
Enjoy Beers & Brats, featuring Happy Hour specials every Sunday in the Moran Lounge.  Chalkboard food specials, drink specials, Seahawks football,  and trivia with Peter Vinson at 6 pm.

INFORMATION: 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
 
 
Announcements

OPAL ANNUAL MEETING AND HOUSE TOUR
(Wednesday, April 29, 5 pm House Tours, 6 pm Meeting/Potluck Dinner)
OPAL Community Land Trust's annual meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 29, and include a house tour and brief business meeting, followed by a potluck dinner.  
Beginning at 5 pm, community members are invited to tour three recently "recycled" houses on Mountain View and Seaview streets. Two houses, moved from Belfair and Poulsbo, have been lowered onto new foundations, remodeled and readied for their new owners to move in.  The third house, from Seattle, is in the process of being renovated.
Then at 6 pm, at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Parish Hall on Main Street, there will be a brief business meeting, including a thank you to out-going trustees Helen Bee and Allen Smith, the election of four new trustees, and an update from Executive Director Lisa Byers, followed by a potluck dinner.
Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to the OPAL office by 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 28. Call (360) 376-3191 or email office@opalclt.org. Attendees are also asked to bring a salad or dessert to share and their own place settings.
Incorporated in 1989, OPAL serves 132 rental and ownership Orcas Island households and continues to accept applications from people who are not able to purchase a house in the traditional  market.

INFORMATION: Go to: www.opalclt.org or call (360) 376-3191


CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL KICK-OFF @ ORCAS CENTER!
(Thursday, April 30, 4 pm Ticket Sales Open, 5:30 pm  Volunteer Reception - Toast 2015 Festival and New Executive Director)
Opening day of ticket sales for the 2015 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is Thursday, April 30th.  The traditional "Early Birds" will start at 4:00 pm. For years, loyal patrons have lined up in order to make their concert choices before sales open online or by phone.  All are welcome to come to the Madrona Room at Orcas Center beginning at 4:00 pm to select your favorite seats and concerts. Festival staff will be there to help with ticket orders and answer questions about this Summer's music and musicians.  Then at 5:30 pm, the kick-off celebration continues with a reception for Festival volunteers!  Leslie Rae Schmitz, new Executive Director for the Chamber Music Festival, will welcome the terrific team of volunteers, and staff will preview the much-anticipated concerts and events. Hors d'oeuvres from Orcas Village Store and Thurston Wolfe wine will complement the occasion. The 18th Annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival takes place August 6th through  August  22nd.  This year's Festival is going to be spectacular!  To view the complete concert schedule, visit www.oicmf.org.


Lance Penguin COME ONE, COME ALL TO THE BIRDFEST PARADE
(Saturday, May 2, Noon, thru Downtown Eastsound, ending at the Village Green)
We all know that Orcas loves a good parade! We are looking for folks/businesses that would like to participate in this years event. Please feel free to decorate your vehicles and/or sponsor your business/local organization. We are planning the parade around noonish, lining up at the school, around 11ish. The kids will be dressed in bird outfits, some with pets including chickens and the adults with great hats, boas and costumes some what like Mardi Gras...Different businesses and organizations are entering or sponsoring upcoming events with banners and signs, like the OI Historical Societies "Smugglers Blues" and the "Island Girls" 3-Day walk for the cure....and many more!

INFORMATION: Participants must RSVP! Please Call Michele Wiley 376-5707 www.orcasislandbirdfest.com.


BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: A CELEBRATION IN CONCERT @ ORCAS CENTER
Tickets are sure to go quickly for Orcas Center's community production Across the Universe: A Celebration in Concert so get your tickets while they last! The show is being presented the two weekends of Friday-Saturday, May 8-9 & 15-16. From the creative team of Grace McCune and Jake Perrine, Across the Universe is a benefit concert for Orcas Center featuring the music of The Beatles, the choreography of Kara O'Toole and Laura Ludwig, and an all-star local community cast and crew of over 100 people from 6 to 90+ years of age.
Following up on the sold-out success of last year's Moulin Rouge benefit concert, Grace's Rock on the Rock Choir takes to the stage once again to dazzle, and make you sing. New to the ensemble this year is Val Hellar and Jake's Theatre Arts high school drama class (sponsored by OIEF), a solo silks performance by Maria Bullock, and a live band of local luminaries including Jim Bredouw, Martin Lund, Lek Thixton, and Jeffrey Horton. $15, $5 students, $50 dinner and a show (opening night only)

INFORMATION:  360-376-2281 x1


OMF ANNUAL MEETING FOCUSES ON ALZHEIMER'S
(Tuesday, May 12 from 2 - 4 pm @ Eastsound Fire Hall)
Everyone welcome! The Orcas Medical Foundation Annual Meeting will include a presentation by Dr. Thomas Montine, MD, PhD and Director of the UW Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and Pacific Northwest Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson's Disease Research on "Precision Medicine for Alzheimer's Disease."
Learn about the science of the aging brain, dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Montine will help us reframe our ideas of normal brain aging and degenerative brain disease, and discuss leading-edge efforts to identify pre-symptomatic phases that begin years before a cognitive impairment diagnosis and opportunities to intervene and slow down or prevent dementia and disease.


FOURTH ANNUAL YELLOW ISLAND WOODEN BOAT RACE
(Saturday, May 16 starting in Deer Harbor)
Join the Wooden Boat Society of the San Juan Islands for the Fourth Annual Yellow Island Wooden Boat Race.
All wooden sailboats are welcome (boats built of other materials are also welcome but will receive no prizes). The starting line will be south of the Deer Harbor Marina. The marks of the course will consist of various islands and rocks in the area, as well as a race buoy located near the marina.
The race entry fee of $15 per boat (and signed liability waiver) will be collected at the skipper's meeting, held at 9 am at the Deer Harbor Marina. The entry fee includes one continental breakfast; additional breakfasts are available for crew and spectators at $8, provided by the Wooden Boat Society. The race will start in the late morning, and will have a four-hour time limit. Those without a current PHRF rating will have a temporary rating assigned to them by race organizers. Non-racers are welcome to relax and socialize at the marina. We will try to stage one end of the finish line at the outside float of the marina.
Colorful burgees for first, second, and third place finishers will be awarded at a potluck/awards ceremony at the marina the evening after the race. Participant burgees will be available for sale, with proceeds to benefit the San Juan Islands Wooden Boat Society, which seeks to coordinate wooden boat activities in the islands.
Discounted moorage for Friday and Saturday nights is available. Call the Deer Harbor Marina, 360-376-3037 to reserve a slip well in advance, as other boat groups are planning to be there. Plenty of good anchorage is also available in the harbor.

INFORMATION: Contact Ward Fay (wardfay@rockisland.com ) or 360-298-2057


HARD CIDER & MEAD HOME BREW COMPETITION!
(Saturday, June 27, 1 pm @ Eastsound Village Green)
ORCAS ISLAND CIDER AND MEAD HOME BREWERS, it's time to start concocting your best home brewed cider or mead to become this year's "Best Orcas Brew." The Orcas Island Home Brew Competition is open only to Orcas Island home brewers.  It is part of the Fifth Annual Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival that will be held on the Eastsound Village Green from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. alongside the Farmers Market. No fee or official enrollment required - just bring your brew by 1 p.m.  

INFORMATION:  Questions?  Contact Madie Murray 360-376-3371 or email gomadie@gmail.com


OICC WOMEN'S ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON
(Saturday, May 2 from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm @ Camp Moran - ELC Lodge)
All women of the community are invited to attend the annual Women's Spring Luncheon, hosted by Orcas Island Community Church.  This year's luncheon will be held in Moran State Park at the ELC-Lodge. Orcas Island resident Beverly D. Ohlman will be the keynote speaker. Get ready to experience the unfolding of your own beauty as we explore "Everything is Beautiful" with this experienced teacher.  
COST:  $20 per person. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY APRIL 26.
If you do not have a registration form, they are available in the OICC church office, or you can simply write your acceptance and mail your check to:  Susan Clark, PO Box 235, Orcas, WA  98280.  Make your check payable to Orcas Island Community Church or OICC and write Spring Luncheon on the memo line.  I
There is limited parking at the Lodge and a Discover Pass is required.  Call Susan Clark at 376-7046 if you need help to join a carpool. (##)

INFORMATION: If you have any questions, please contact Casey Ahrens at 376-6422

 
Classes and Seminars


SMART MONEY WEEK: IMPROVE YOUR MONEY MANAGEMENT
(Orcas Island Public Library)
All Classes Are Free and Open To Anyone. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
  • Thursday, April 25, 5:30 - 7 pm - Cyber Theft - How to protect yourself       Daily we hear a new security breach into account information store at banks, retail stores, online businesses, and most recently medical insurance records at Regence Blue Shield.  The Library's own resident Techie Tony Ghazel will give you tips on how to protect yourself and your information.
  • Tuesday, April 28, 5:30 - 7 pm - Money On My Mind: Why Beliefs About Money Make Us Do The Things We Do -  Money stories and secrets...the ones we tell ourselves and the ones we tell others...may protect our feelings and influence our self worth...OR, they can get us into trouble with family, friends, employers, creditors. How we use our money is a reflection of our beliefs, values and attitudes about its importance to us. We worry about it, argue about it, count it and spend it...but do we really know why we do it in the ways we do? We will examine the origins of our own internal money talk and how it influences our self esteem, fears, disappointments and dreams. Through reexamining the way we understand, rationalize and bargain with money, we can find new ways to feel in charge of our financial resources and our money minds.
  • Thursday, April 30, 5:30 - 7 pm - Troubleshoot QuickBooks                              Do you have questions about how to get more out of your QuickBooks? Memorize transactions, set up recurring monthly expenses, use accounts payable, figure out cash flow. * Bring your problems and your tips for this popular group session.
INFORMATION:  Call 360.376.4985 or visit www.orcaslibrary.org


YOGA AND WELLNESS RETREAT @ DOE BAY YOGA STUDIO
(Friday - Sunday, April 24 - 27)
Space is still available for the yoga retreat hosted by our local instructor Marcelo Hamui. He is featuring not only yoga and meditation, but a demonstration on live food preparation, smoothies and juices. Access to the Doe Bay soaking tubs and sauna is included and their will be a live music performance.

INFORMATION:  Please visit www.epicislandadventure.com


SIXTH GRADE GIRLS LEADERSHIP GROUP - EASING THE TRANSITION TO MIDDLE SCHOOL
(Wednesdays, April 29 - June 2 from  3:30 - 5 pm @ The Funhouse Commons)
Celebrate what it means to be a leader...Open to all 6th grade girls. Join Beth Jensen for six weeks of lively and meaningful discussions about issues such as: healthy relationships, positive self-talk, emotions, body image, self-esteem, and conflict management.  $60.

INFORMATION: Contact Rebecca, rebecca@thefunhouse.org


'SOUTHEAST ASIA TO THE SAN JUANS' COOKING CLASS
(Saturday June 6 from 1 - 4 pm @ Pebble Cove Farm)
Join us for our first cooking class to be held on magical Orcas Island, "Southeast Asia to the San Juans" when we'll share all original recipes that combine the brightness of Southeast Asian cuisine, with the earthy comfort of the Pacific Northwest.
This class will be demonstration based, and all dishes are 100% vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free. Please join us for a very special class, filled with good food and great people. You will leave with all of your healthy cooking questions answered, new recipes for your collection, and a belly full of tasty vegan fare.
On the menu:
*Burmese Chickpea "Tofu" & Kaffir Lime Larb Salad
*Fresh Vegetable, Shiitake Mushroom "Bacon", and Herb Spring Rolls with Toasted Cashew Chili Sauce
*Portobello and Kale Potstickers with Garlic Chive Dipping Sauce
*Mini Blueberry Tarts with Coconut Whipped Cream
Disclaimer: This group class will need a minimum of 12 participants in order to be held. If you have any specific food allergies please let us know ahead of time. Classes are always free of meat, dairy, eggs, gluten and soy.

INFORMATION: Visit www.fireandearthkitchen.com or contact Renee at renee@fireandearthkitchen.com with any questions

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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. Our artist for April is: Anita Holladay.  She is showing her beautiful photography featuring Island images.  Please stop by to see her show. 


THE GALLERY: A COOPERATIVE OF LOCAL PAINTERS 
THE GALLERY, a co-operative of local artists, is temporarily closed for the winter months, but participating artists are happy to arrange for paintings to be viewed by appointment. If interested, please call Annie at 376-5949 or Barbara at 317-1766.
THE GALLERY is located at 374 North Beach Rd., across the street from Enzo's.

 

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 12 noon - 3 pm)
Museum Office Hours: Tuesday - 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

(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, April 28 (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.  

 

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

 

Thursday, May 7 (3 pm). Eastsound Planning Review Committee. (Eastsound Fire Station). Meets first Thursday of the month.   

 

Tuesday, May 12  (8:30 am). Orcas Island Public Library Board   (Library Meeting Room). Call 376-4985 for more information. Meets the second Tuesday of the month.      

 

Wednesday, May 13 (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, May 14 (4 pm - 6 pm).  Orcas Island Park & Recreation 
District (Eastsound Fire Station). Meets second Thursday of the month.

Thursday, May 14 (6 pm). Port of Orcas Commissioners (Airport conference room). Meets second Thursday of the month. Call 376-5285 for more information.    

Thursday, May 21 (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.     
 

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