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Board of Directors
Colleen Smith, President
Terri Gilleland, Secretary
Kim Morgan, Treasurer
Susan Gudgell, past-President
Lisa Boyd, Staff
Carol Kulminski, Staff
Michele Wiley, Volunteer
PO Box 252
65 North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
Office: (360) 376-2273
Your one-page guide to events happening on Orcas Island this week.
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Discover Pass Free Day on Saturday, September 22
No Discover Pass is needed due to National Public Lands Day.
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Events This Week & Beyond
MOVIE OF THE WEEK: The Bookshop
(Friday-Saturday, September 21 - September 22, 8:00 pm @ Seaview Theater)
Florence Green, a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop -- the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England.
(Saturday, September 22, 10:00-3:00 pm @ Village Green)
Want to find out what vendors will be at the Farmers Market each week? Sign up for our newsletter and stay up to date with your Farmers Market happenings. Find out about special kids activities happening at the market, or what vegetables are coming into season and if your favorite vendor will be at the market. Sign up through our website.
TOURNAMENT WEEKEND AT ORCAS ISLAND GOLF
(Sunday, September 23-Finish by 5:00 pm for Potluck Social)
Sunday we will play for the Club Championship. Play anytime that day with someone to attest your score. If you would like to play but can't make it Sunday, just contact Justin. Some years we only get a player or two in some of the categories so if you show up you might win. We will then follow up with a potluck dinner. The Taylors will provide hamburgers, so bring any side dish to share. We will have a food sign up at the clubhouse front desk.
INFORMATION: firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-317-4406
SUSAN OSBORN IN CONCERT
(Friday, September 28, 7:30 pm @ Orcas Center)
With Bruce Harvie and special guest, Deborah Sparks.
GREAT ISLANDS CLEAN UP FALL 2018
(Saturday, September 29, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm @ Eastsound Village Green)
Join us at the Village Green on Saturday the 29th and help us pick up litter on the roads, trails and beaches of Orcas! We'll provide the bags, grabbers and disposal gloves and even reward you afterwards with food and a pint at Island Hoppin Brewery! Form a team and help us win $500. Learn more here.
INFORMATION: email@example.com or visit The Great Islands Clean Up Facebook page.
ORCAS FARM TOUR SUPPORTING EVENTS
(Sunday, September 30)
Pre-Farm Tour Breakfast @ The Kitchen 8:30-10:00 am
Post-Farm Tour Party @ Maple Rock Farm @ 4:00 pm, w/ wood fire pizza, farmers potluck, Lions Club Beer Garden, and live music. The Farm Tour is part of Savor the San Juans.
SAVOR THE SAN JUANS
(Happening now through November 10)
Food, Farms & Film! Savor the San Juans is a fall feast for the senses. From wine tasting to harvest dinners, farm tours to film festivals, biking to beer events, check out all the delicious details and lodging specials during this two-month fest. The San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau invites you to join the fun at the 11th annual Savor the San Juans where there is something for everyone!
Orcas Island Farm Tour, September 30.
For tickets, schedule, and a list of all farms and businesses participating, click here.
ISLAND MARKET THIRSTY THURSDAYS- Wine, Cider, and Beer Tastings
(Thursday, September 20; 3:00 -5:00 pm @ Island Market)
Keith from Dickerson Distributors will be here with Steve and Kami. We will be pouring the four delicious wines listed below: * Bonaval Cava Brut Nature, Extremadura - Spain * Vila Dourada Branco, Lisboa Region - Portugal * Ensedune Marselan - Coteaux de Enserune, south-of-France * Reguengos Tinto - Alentejo, Portugal
Other wine tastings: October 4 and 18 *November 1, 15 , and 29
DOE BAY WINE COMPANY HAPPY HOUR
(Thursdays-Sundays; 4:00 pm-5:00 pm @ Doe Bay Wine Co)
Doe Bay Wine Company is excited to unveil their new Happy Hour! Come enjoy Food and Wine specials including $5 off Cheese and Charcuterie Plates and $3 off Wine Flights. Every Thursday through Sunday from 4:00-5:00 pm.
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-7467 if you'd like to reserve a table or just stop by!
3% THURSDAY FOR ORCAS MONTESSORI SCHOOL
(Thursday, September 20 @ Orcas Food Co-op)
Orcas Montessori School will receive 3% of the gross receipts of Orcas Food Co-op sales on Thursday, September 20. Orcas Montessori School helps its students create a community of learners in which the younger students observe the developing skills of the older students, while the older children develop leadership skills and help the younger students. This approach fosters independent learning and a lively, cooperative system. Round-up at the Register during September to donate to Orcas Montessori School as a part of our Community Shopping program.
ORCAS ISLAND PROPERTY CONCIERGE PROVIDES "PEACE OF MIND"
WHILE YOU ARE OFF-ISLAND... We have lots of experience and references looking after second home-owners on Orcas when they are gone. At this time of year, many second home-owners are leaving for the season. We can check on your home while you are away. "Peace of Mind" is what some of our clients say we provide.
Health and Wellness
SECOND TOWN HALL MEETING FROM ORCAS ISLAND HEALTH CARE DISTRICT
(Thursday, September 20, 6:00-8:00 pm @ Eastsound Fire Hall)
In addition to brief updates from the various Committees and Work Groups, the Board plans to share initial results from the September survey that was launched by Madrona Voices on September 10th. The Commissioners appreciated how engaged participants were during the first Town Hall, and hope for an equally engaging discussion on the 20th. One takeaway from the first meeting was that there wasn't good representation from all age groups on Orcas. It's important for the Commissioners to understand how each demographic is feeling about what's working well and where there are opportunities for improvement in delivering health care on Orcas. The Commissioners strongly encourage everyone to make your voice heard. The feedback and information shared will help to inform the Board's longer term activities and focus.
COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC: NEW TIME
(Tuesdays, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio)
Walk into Wellness! Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio will host a Community Acupuncture Clinic on with Danielle Dyer of Heal~Flow Acupuncture.
Treatments will be based in Japanese constitutional acupuncture, which seeks to treat our root imbalances through fewer needles and gentle techniques.
Treatments will be sliding scale $20-50. No appointment necessary. 138 North Beach Road.
CLINIC SERVICES BY VINCENT SHU, MD
BOARD CERTIFIED INTERNIST/ CARDIOLOGIST/GERIATRICIAN
Integrative ( Eastern and Western ) Medicine, Nutritional Counseling (Foods as Medicines), Home Care Visit, Evidenced Based Herbs/Supplements, Acupuncture/Acupressure, Tai-Chi and educational seminars. All services offered: primary care, Influenza, strep throat. pneumonia, otitis media, cellulitis, urinary tract infection, prostate hypertrophy, cancers, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, anemia, esophageal reflex disorders, headache, Parkinson disease, stroke, muscular weakness, metabolic syndrome/diabetes, hyperlipidemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression/anxiety, insomnia, chest pain, CHF ( weakening heart ), atrial fibrillation, cardiac arrhythmia, heart valvular diseases, sleep apnea, hypertension, shoulder, elbow and/or knee pain, sciatica.
SEPTEMBER SPECIAL: WILD ROSE LTD
Reiki Intuitive Session / Energy Healing. One hour for $70.
INFORMATION: Contact Deborah Darner, LMT at 360-376-4188
WOMEN'S PELVIC HEALTH WORKSHOP
(Thursday October 4, 6:00 - 8:00 pm @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio)
Suzi Zobrist (LMT, E-RYT500) is a holistic pelvic care provider and somatic educator. Her experiential self-care Workshops support women's long-term vibrant health. Study the anatomy of the pelvic floor & women's anatomy.
Experience a simple movement practice to open the hips and pelvis. Practice pelvic floor breathwork to relax and tone. Enjoy a Guided Meditation to nurture connection and healing. Workshop $25. 138 North Beach Road.
(Sunday, October 14, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm @ 235 Barnacle Lane, Olga)
1/2 day SoulCollage Workshop. There will be a limit of 8 participants. Fee is $75 with sliding scale available based on need. Jennifer Lehr LMFT is a certified SoulCollage instructor.
ORCAS ISLAND BLOOD DRIVE
(Thursday, October 18, 11:00 am-5:00 pm @ Eastsound Fire Station)
Walk-ins welcome. Donors with appointments have priority at registration and screening. Please bring photo ID to the blood drive.
Sponsored by the Orcas Island Lions Club.
INFORMATION: schedule an appointment here or call 800-398-7888 (sponsor code 2650)
OMARI BEAUTY BAR: THE PUMPKIN VITALITY SERIES
(Three Part Special offered until December 31)
Experience The Pumpkin Vitality Series and fall into great skin! Pumpkin is nature's richest source of Vitamin A and infuses the skin with potent antioxidants, brightens and smoothes imperfections and stimulates collagen activity. This three part series features a stimulating Facial or corrective Peel each month. Treat your skin to the The Pumpkin Peptide Facial. Nourish, firm, tone and hydrate with the natural power of Pumpkin and Peptides.
KENMORE AIR ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Now through September 25)
Kenmore Air is the "Official Airline of the Orcas Island Film Festival", and they are having a contest now through September 25 to give away two Festival Passes to the Orcas Island Film Festival: click here to enter.
(Starting October 1) Kenmore Air has just announced its Lower Fall Fares between Seattle and the San Juan Islands will start October 1.
YES FOR HOMES TOWN HALLS
(Thursday, September 27; 5:00 pm and Saturday, October 13; 3:00 pm @ Fire Hall)
Yes for Homes invites you to two information town halls. Both will be held at the Fire Hall in Eastsound. Yes for Homes is a county-wide, grassroots campaign to provide affordable housing in San Juan County. It will be Prop. 1 on the November ballot. Ryan Page, San Juan County's Affordable Housing Coordinator, will be present to discuss the technical aspects of the Home Fund. Representatives with the Yes For Homes campaign will be there to answer your questions. We hope you will attend to find out more about this critically important ballot measure.
YOUTH FILMMAKERS WORKSHOP
(Submission Deadline is September 28th)
OrcasCars.com, with the support of the Orcas Island Film Festival, proudly presents an exclusive opportunity for Orcas youth. Become a part of a 12-member film production team, led by an Emmy-winning director and producer from Nashville, TN! All Orcas Island students are invited to submit an application. Over the four days of the Film Festival (October 4-7), students will learn how to create a story, write a script, build a crew, film, and produce a movie under the guidance of Nashville-based three-time Emmy-winning director and producer Mike Stryker.
INFORMATION: visit OrcasCars.com/film for additional details and to submit your application.
FREE COMMUNITY DANCE CLASS
(Monday, October 1; 7:00 pm - 9:00 @ Odd Fellows Hall)
Our class will be Tango and we are privileged to have guests Stan and Kay Miller teaching. Kay and Stan have been dancing Tango for years and are very proficient at it. Instruction will begin promptly at 7:00 pm followed by dancing at 9:00 pm. The classes are free and no partner is needed.
INFORMATION: call Bill at 360-376-8857
OPALCO MEMBER APPRECIATION DAY
(Thursday, October 4, 8:30 am-4:30 pm @ 183 Mt Baker Rd)
Member Appreciation Day at OPALCO Eastsound Office. It's co-op month and we couldn't do it without you! Stop in for a cookie and Co-ops Vote Pen! This year we are celebrating co-op month by celebrating the importance of democracy with our Co-ops Vote Campaign.
EMERALD ISLE SPECIAL SAILING OFFER
(Book now-only 2 spaces left)
50 % off September 10-14 five day San Juans' cruise! Gourmet food, wildlife, beautiful scenery, kayaking, naturalist skipper! And now booking for next season at 2018 prices! Pick your dates!
Call or email us to save your spot!
ORCAS CENTER LOGO CONTEST
The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce a contest to design a new Orcas Center logo. You are invited to submit your logo design by October 15, 2018. All artists and graphic designers are encouraged to participate.
NEW SEAT SPONSORSHIP @ ORCAS CENTER
Orcas Center has new, sleek black seats to replace the beloved red ones, and to make more room for more booty's in the house. Interested in purchasing an old theatre seat, or sponsoring a new one with a personalized inscription on a brass plaque affixed to the arm of the seat?
OLGA COMMUNITY CENTER AVAILABLE TO RENT
Rent the historic Olga Community Center Club House for your next function:
weddings, reunions, classes, meetings. Our building includes full kitchen facilities and two meeting areas. To schedule a rental or to tour the building please contact us.
Restaurant News & Dining Deals
Seasonal changes in hours and days have begun.
Be sure to check the Restaurant Guide!
CATKIN CAFE FALL DINNER
(Sunday, October 7, Seatings at 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm @ Catkin Cafe)
We have made it through the busy summer and are ready to bring you another seasonal dinner created by our Chef Angela Emery. This is our favorite time of year as both summer and fall delights become available. Please join us for an evening of fine food and wine in our cozy dining room. Three course menu, $75 per person.
Second Mondays, 8:00-10:00 pm;
All musicians, poets, storytellers, voices of the voiceless, loud mouths, comedians, magicians, talents of basic and varying levels of obscurity welcome. Everyone is invited to perform on the Orcas Center stage for NEW! monthly open mic. Mike Speece to host. Free! Choice wine and beer by Doe Bay Winery available for purchase in the lobby.
Tuesdays at 9:00 pm;
Serving up pub fare, great beer, and good times. Stop by for a delicious meal, or just a drink.
Thursdays at 7:30 pm; Doe Bay Cafe sponsoring OI Forest School
The Café is open from 5-10 pm and Open Mic begins at 7:30 pm. Come out and support OI Forest School! Thursdays in September, Doe Bay Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each entree sold to OI Forest School. Great food, music and a fantastic cause! This week our host is Travis Baker.
KARAOKE & LIVE MUSIC:
ROSARIO MUSIC CONCERT AND HISTORICAL NARRATIVE
(Saturdays, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm @ Rosario Resort)
Enjoy a presentation of music and history of the Moran family and the Rosario estate with Christopher Peacock. Highlights of the presentation include the Moran Photograph Collection, Phantom of the Opera music performed on the Mansion's 1,972 pipe Aeolian organ, stories of the Mansion's most colorful residents, and Christopher's original piano compositions played on the 1900 Steinway Grand Piano. Complimentary and open to the public.
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222
KARAOKE/TRIVIA NIGHTS AT LOWER TAVERN
(Wednesdays at 8:00 pm)
Play Trivia with friends.
(Fridays at 9:30 pm)
Karaoke! You know you want to check it out!
LIVE MUSIC FEATURING MARTINIS & MARTIN: ROSARIO RESORT
(Thursdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ Rosario Resort Moran Lounge)
Join Martin Lund for an evening of hand-crafted cocktails and live music. Martin Lund, an island favorite and jazzman extraordinaire, considers himself a "musical chef."
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222
LIVE MUSIC WITH GENE NERY
(Fridays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ The Moran Lounge, Rosario Resort)
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222
LIVE PIANO MUSIC BY RON MYERS
(Fridays-Mondays, 5:00 pm -9:00 pm @ Deer Harbor Inn)
One of the island's favorites, piano player Ron Myers will entertain you while you dine.
Art & Museum Shows
"ART OVER THE HARBOR" FALL SHOW
(Saturday-Sunday, September 22-23 @ San Juan Island Grange)
Eight San Juan Island artists, including Patti Barker, Shannon Borg, Alison Engle, Gail Garrett, Maria Michaelson, Jan Murphy, Mary Sly, and Teresa Smith will be showing their artistic creations during two days at the San Juan Island Grange #966, just three blocks from the ferry landing at 152 1st Street North. Hours: 9/22: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm; 9/23: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.Come by and enjoy the stunning view of the harbor from the Grange's new deck while you browse, sip a glass of wine and shop for local art after the Farmers' Market, or just as a fall afternoon break to meet some of the local artists in Friday Harbor.
INFORMATION: Shannon Borg at 360-317-6563
WASHINGTON FEDERAL BANK'S ARTIST OF THE MONTH
(Works by Spirit Eagle)
Spirit Eagle works in oils and acrylics; she is also a wood carver, sculptor, and a mask maker. She receives messages of light and draws portraits and representations of them with the intent to benefit humanity. Come see her show at the bank, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm through September. All proceeds of sales will go to the Orcas Animal Protection Society.
SEPTEMBER ART EXHIBIT AT ORCAS CENTER
ART QUILTS BY SHEILA GAQUIN and COMMUNITY ART SHOW
Sheila shared, "Today the styles and themes of art quilts are as varied as the work produced by artists in any other medium. In addition, art quilts often incorporate materials and techniques from other artistic traditions such as painting, photography, beading, embroidery and more, while still maintaining the recognizable elements of traditional quilts--fabric pieces, layers and top stitching."
LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHERS TO EXHIBIT AT SENIOR CENTER
(All of September. The Lundeen Room @ the Orcas Senior Center)
Come and see a fabulous exhibit of photographic work by a group of professional photographers who jokingly refer to themselves as the "FabFoto 5." Dave Kosiur, Derk Jager, Peter Olesen, John Altberg, and Jeff Otis originally connected through the Orcas Camera Club, of which they were all members. They have been meeting together as a smaller group for about five years, sharing and supporting one another in their individual experimentation, development, and enjoyment of their art. This show of some of their work will include wildly creative and fun fine art photos. This exceptional exhibit is not to be missed.
JACQUELINE KEMPFER ARTIST STUDIO
(Wednesday - Saturday, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at 474 N. Beach Road in Eastsound)
After a short stroll up North Beach Road visitors can enjoy Jackie's original paintings of Orcas Island scenery in the mediums of watercolor, oil and Sumi ink. Visit with Jackie or just relax in the atmosphere of a working studio filled with antique furnishings and the private collections of the artist. Jackie is pleased to offer a 10% discount on all
painting purchases and beautiful, free gift wrapping.
THE ORCAS ISLAND ARTWORKS
The Orcas Island Artworks Gallery is a favorite Orcas destination housed in a historic building on the island's East side. Built in 1938 as a strawberry barreling plant, the lovingly restored landmark now showcases the best of our island's crafts and fine arts. Open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4408
ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
The Pioneer Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday,
11:00 - 4:00 pm and Sunday, 12:00-3:00 pm or by appointment. There is a great selection of Gift Shop items. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10:00 - 5:00 pm. Crow Valley School open by appointment. Call 360-376-4849.
MORAN MANSION MUSEUM TOURS
(Open Daily 8:00 am - 9:00 pm)
The Mansion is open to the public for a self-guided tour from 8:00 am - 9:00 pm daily. The tour is free.
INFORMATION: Call Rosario at 360-376-2152
Local Employment Opportunities
ISLAND AUTOMOTIVE (NAPA): Inventory-Parts Counter
We have an immediate opening. Must be detail oriented, customer service friendly, in person and via the phone. Automotive knowledge is a plus. The position is 30-40 hours a week and may include some Saturdays or Sundays. Wage is DOE. We offer paid PTO, paid training, and a fun work environment.
FIELD SERVICE TECHNICIAN AT ROCKISLAND
Will need to provide excellent technical and customer service for residential and business customers at their premises and in remote locations. Must fully support internal operations, be a team player and be able to work independently. Physical requirements and excellent communication skills. Full time. Excellent benefits - Experience a plus.
INFORMATION: Stop by Rock Island's Eastsound Office for an application, or send your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
GIRL MEETS DIRT HIRING
Looking for a reliable, well paying job with an awesome team of food loving women? Please see the link with listing for Production Team Member and apply via email or in person at 208 Enchanted Forest Rd.
KALEIDOSCOPE PRESCHOOL AND CHILD CARE CENTER
Positions: Full & Part-Time
Description of job: Kaleidoscope Preschool & Child Care Center is hiring. Year round work. Pay depends on qualifications. Benefits include childcare, paid holidays, paid vacation, sick leave and amazing meals while on shift (even some good leftovers to take home now and then). We are in need of full and part time employees. If you have interest in earning a college degree, we can help with that too. Give us a call, come by or email if you think you might be a good fit.
ISLAND MARKET OPENINGS
Benefits include 100% PAID medical, dental, and vision insurance for full-time employees, 401k plans, paid time off program, discounts on gas and health club.
SAN JUAN COUNTY LAND BANK: Orcas Island Preserve Steward
The Preserve Steward is responsible for all aspects of managing Land Bank Preserves on Orcas Island. Part-time 32 Hours per Week, Non-Exempt. Pay Range: Range H-9, Step 1 - 3, $27.75 to $30.27.
ORCAS ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT IS HIRING
Check website under "Current Openings".
ORCAS FOOD CO-OP IS HIRING
Full time, part time and seasonal positions are currently available.
Benefits include paid personal leave, free yoga classes, a 20% store discount, 50% shift lunch, paid vacation for those working more than 20 hours/week, and more.
ORCAS CENTER IS HIRING
Orcas Center Job Opportunities: Facilities Manager, Tech Intern, Marketing Intern
Hospitality Committee *volunteers,
INFORMATION: Click here for more information or call 360-376-2281 ext 4
The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce works daily to support our community's businesses and organizations. Please support Chamber of Commerce members when making your buying decisions. The value of a dollar spent locally cannot be overstated. Think Local - Buy Local - Orcas First!
The Chamber of Commerce is happy to answer any questions you have about our beautiful island!
Lance Evans, Executive Director
Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce
Lisa Boyd, Staff
Carol Kulminski, Staff
Michele Wiley, Volunteer
Madie Murray, Volunteer