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Susan Gudgell, President
Mary Clure, Secretary
Mike Stolmeier
Charles Dalton
Colleen Armstrong
Mia Kartiganer
Shannon Borg
Jared Lovejoy
Michell Marshall, Past Pres.
Ken Speck, Ex Officio

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Ronna Myles-Era, staff
Michele Wiley, volunteer
Carol Owens, volunteer 
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65 North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
Office: (360) 376-2273
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We Send Our Thanks!

It was a weekend filled with birds, wildlife and great community involvement. The Chamber of Commerce sends its thanks to all who took part in our first-ever Orcas Island Bird & Wildlife Festival.

It couldn't have happened without tremendous support from volunteers, interested individuals and businesses who gave of their time and expertise.  We are already working on next year's event ... and promise it will be even better!  We welcome your comments and feedback. 
Upcoming Events on Orcas Island

  

 
LIVE MUSIC: MARTIN LUND AND GENE NERY @ ORCAS HOTEL
 
(Friday, April 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm) 
Martin Lund, pianist-flutist-clarinetist-accordionist, and Gene Nery, guitarist and vocalist, will be perform during the season's first Pub Night at Orcas Hotel, for dining-and-bar patrons.

INFORMATION: 376-4300 
  
 

MOVIE: 'SON OF GOD' @ SEAVIEW THEATER 

(Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm) 

The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. Rated PG-13.  


INFORMATION: 360-376-5724
 

 

'VISIONS OF XWE'CHI'EXEN' - LUMMI TRIBAL MEMBERS & COAL PORT
(Friday, April 18 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm @ Odd Fellows Hall)
Lummi tribal members will speak out once again about the tribe's opposition to the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point north of Bellingham. This event is free and open to the public. Master carver Jewell James will talk about his journey with a 22-foot totem pole, from the Powder River basin of Wyoming, across Montana and Idaho, through Lummi territory in Washington State, and up to British Columbia, to help raise voices among diverse communities along the coal route.  Jay Julius will speak about the historical and cultural significance of Cherry Point to the Lummi people and give an update on the effort to defeat the coal terminal project.  Refreshments will be served. Donations to pay for the rental of the hall will be gratefully accepted.

INFORMATION: Call 376-4321

   

 

WASHINGTON STATE PARKS FREE DAYS!

(Saturday, April 19 & Tuesday, April 22) 

Don't have your Discover Pass?  Don't worry ... you can access Moran State Park & Obstruction Pass State Park without one.
Saturday, April 19, All Day @ All Washington state parks open during winter season.
Today is a spring Saturday "free day" and the Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities).
Tuesday, April 22, All Day @ All Washington state parks open during winter season.
In honor of Earth Day, today is a "free day" and the Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities).
 

  

  

ANNUAL LIONS EASTER EGG HUNT @ CAMP ORKILA
(Saturday, April 19 at 10 am)
All are welcome to this free, fun filled event for kids ages 0 - 12 yrs.Park in the upper parking area and follow the signs to the event, it is an easy walk and stroller accessible.


FRIENDS OF MORAN VOLUNTEER DAY
(Saturday, April 19 from 1 - 3 pm @ Library Conference Room)
Kick off volunteer meeting for the upcoming season at the Tower. New and established volunteers encouraged to come.

 

LIVE MUSIC: FAUN FABLES AT RANDOM HOWSE

(Saturday, April 19; music at 8 pm; food & drink starts at 5 pm)

Faun Fables is an American band from Oakland, California. Faun Fables is a concept and vehicle for Dawn McCarthy, who was inspired to write the original material while traveling after leaving the New York City music scene in 1997.  "Faun Fables are calling to you from deep within the woods. They're singing pioneer songs of love and laughter and terror, tipping their oddly-shaped headgear to hearth and family in a colorful ensemble of sound that eclipses their dark incantations of yore. They're calling to you they want you to join them!" ~Drag City.  Concert starts at 8 pm.  Full bar and food from 5 pm.  A sample of their music found here. $10 at the door; all ages welcome.

 

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JOIN US FOR FREE DANCE LESSONS!

(Monday, April 21 from 7 - 9 pm @ Odd Fellows Hall)

We are learning the Foxtrot. Come have fun! make friends!  No partner needed.

 

INFORMATION:  Call Bill: 376-8857 or Jean: 376-6549

 

 

BUSINESS & FINANCE CLASS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & ENTREPRENEURS

(Wednesday, April 23, 9 am to noon at Eastsound Fire Hall)

*Note: Advance registration required*
The San Juan County Economic Development Council is presenting a FREE half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs.  The business and financing workshop course material will be presented by James McCafferty, of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, a management consultant for over a decade.
As part of the workshop, McCafferty will cover business financing, discuss a variety of financing options and will provide a reality check for those considering a new or expanded business venture. He will be available for one-on-one consultation after the workshop.
Participants in the workshop will leave with the resources and support they need to create a business plan including a realistic financial plan. In addition, McCafferty will cover current federal and Washington State tax incentive programs for small businesses.  


REGISTRATION REQUIRED
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Please call 360-378-2906 to reserve your space, or email: info@sanjuansedc.org.

 

 

MOVIE NIGHT @ THE BARNACLE 

(Different Movie every Wednesday, 9 pm) 

Your hosts Peter Vincent and Andy Martin show a different movie every week.We'll make up fantastic and inexpensive drink specials just for the occasion. After the show is just as fun! Peter and Andy will have an open chat about the film & challenge you on trivia based around each weeks choice. See you there!  

 

 

PLAYFEST PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCEMENT @ THE GRANGE 
(Friday, Saturday & Sunday: April 25 - 27 & May 2 - 4) 
It's the 9th annual Playwrights' Festival presented by The Actors Theater of Orcas Island at the Grange! 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, and maybe make you cry (but just a little.) The plays included this year are:
 
  • A Dish Served Cold written by Tom Fiscus, directed by Kristen Wilson, and starring Robert Hall and Eric Eagan.
  • Mephisto Waltz #1 written by Brigid Ehrmantraut, directed by Cara Russell, and starring Vanessa Moriority and Kelly Toombs.
  • Prelude to Notoriety written by Rebecca Herman, directed by Ron Herman, and starring Alison Calhoun and Kelly Toombs.
  • Hammerfest Date Night written by Cara Russell, directed by Creighton Hofeditz, and starring Cele Westlake and Larry Coddington.
  • Night Lights written by Rick Markov, directed by Lin McNulty, and starring Maura O'Neill, Tom Fiscus, and Vanessa Moriarty.
  • Main Course written by Michele Griskey, directed by Gillian Smith and starring Aaimee Johnson, Brian Richard, and Adam Thomas.
  • Four Christmases written by James Wolf, directed by Cara Russell, and starring Elane Phipps.

Tickets are $10, and all performances begin at 7:30PM, with doors open at 7:15pm. For parents who like to stick to the rating system, the event is PG 13, for some mild but choice words that will appear in certain plays. The Sunday April 27th performance is 'pay what you can' at the door only. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at Darvill's Bookstore or online @ http://www.orcasactors.com/  

 

INFORMATION: Contact Cara Russell at lobbydrifter@gmail.com 

  

 

ORCAS MONTESSORI SPRING AUCTION & FUNDRAISER

(Saturday, April 26, 6 - 9 pm @ Island Hoppin' Brewery)
In its 26th year of serving all interested Orcas families, the Orcas Montessori School invites you to join us for a great evening of fun in support of the school as well as the local people and businesses that help make the school and our spring auction such a success. The evening promises to be a fabulous, fun and delicious experience, featuring food by the Thai Sisters, desert by Sugar Baby Specialty Cakes, and tastings from Chinook Winery and Island Hoppin' Brewery. The evening will include a silent and live auction, led by auctioneer Senator Kevin Ranker. Whether your property is in need of gravel, compost or a fruit tree; your body is calling out for massage, yoga or pilates sessions; you're on the hunt for high quality food from local farms, restaurants and pastry chefs; or you are seeking adventure such as kayak, sailboat or whale watch excursions, a private magic show, Orkila summer camp, or even a luxury condo in Sedona Arizona- there is sure to be something for everyone to bid on!
All proceeds from the auction will benefit the island children of Orcas Montessori, providing essential funding for scholarships and school materials.
Tickets for the evening are $25/admission for food and auction, additional $10 for wine or beer tasting. Childcare is available with RSVP. Tickets are available at Darvill's Bookstore, Island Hoppin' Brewery, or by calling the school at 360-376-5350.

 
INFORMATION: 376-5350

 


ANNUAL STUDENT ART EXHIBIT

(Friday, May 2 from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm at Orcas Center) 

The annual Student Art Exhibit will feature the work of K-12th grade students from Orcas Public Schools, along with students from the OASIS program, Salmonberry School and the Orcas Christian School.  All are invited to the opening reception Friday, May 2 from 3:30 to 6:30 at the Orcas Center Galleries.

  

  

SALISH SEA EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS: SIMPHONIE

(Saturday, May 3 at 7 pm. Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church) 

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents harpsichordist Elisabeth Wright, viola da gambist Susie Napper and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan in SIMPHONIE, a program of the most well known baroque trio sonatas for these instruments by Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean Philippe Rameau, Jean-Marie Leclair, Francois Couperin and D'Anglebert.  The Church is located at 107 Enchanted Forest Road (Eastsound).  Admission: Suggested donation  of $15 to $20; 18 & under free; students $5.   

 

INFORMATION: www.salishseafestival.org or call Church at 360-376-6683

  

  
AN EVENING AT THE MOULIN ROUGE

(Thursday/Friday, May 8 & 9, from 7:30 pm @ Orcas Center)
Save the date for "An Evening at the Moulin Rouge," a benefit concert for Orcas Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students at www.orcascenter.org. On May 9, dinner at the New Leaf Cafe and a ticket is $50. Musical direction for the production is by Grace McCune; stage direction is by Jake Perrine; and Laura Ludwig and Kara O'Toole are choreographing. 


  

 
Classes & Seminars
 

COMMUNITY DANCE CLASS @ ODDFELLOWS HALL
(Monday, April 21 from 7 pm - 9 pm)

Local instructors are again offering their community dance  class on April 21 from 7 to 9 pm at the Oddfellows Hall.  It will be basic Foxtrot. This is an American Dance from the early 1900s made popular by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers.  It is a smooth dance consisting of moves which are classified as slow and quick.  Instruction will begin

promptly at 7pm.  The class is free and no partner is needed.  For further information call Bill at 376-8857 or Jean at 376-6549.



"JUMP ON BOARD THE STARSHIP 'PUBLISHING'"
(Saturday, May 17; 9 am - 3:45 pm at San Juan Island's Skagit Valley College)
The San Juan County Arts Council presents "Jump on Board the Starship 'Publishing'," a workshop taught by award-winning, Amazon best-selling author, Susan Wingate.
Learn how to get published and stay published, learn the steps to get published by traditional presses, indie and small presses, and learn how to publish your own stories from cover art to eBbook on Amazon and Barnes &Noble platforms. Cost: $55.

INFO & REGISTRATION: Visit sjcartscouncil.org.  Or email pigmansartworks@rockisland.com or call 378-0951


YOGA CLASSES 7 DAYS A WEEK!! 
(Orcas Mandala Yoga & Bodywork Studio) 
New Classes for Spring Schedule:
"Senior Yoga" Mondays 11 am - Noon
"Yoga for Evey Body" Mondays 5:30 - 7 pm
"Kids Yoga" Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:15 pm
"Friday Night Flow" 5:30 - 6:30 pm
New Student Special for Locals $20 for 3 classes 
See all our offerings at orcasmandala.com or email at info@orcasmandala.com (#)
 
 
FILM SERIES: WHAT DEFINES ART? @ INDRALAYA 

(Sundays during April from 7 pm @ Indralaya Library)
Exploring this eternal topic by highlighting some unusual approaches to art, Indralaya will host a free, Sunday evening film festival during April. A discussion will follow. Everyone is welcome.
April 20: Strangers in Good Company.
April 27: Shining Light: A Portrait of composer Morten Lauridsen.

INFORMATION: 360-376-4526 or visit indralaya.org



INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP - ONE DAY WORKSHOP 
(Saturday,  April 19 from 11 am - 5 pm) 

Spend a day with four mustangs from the wild and learn to work safely with a horse. This is the foundation to horse handling skills. Learn how to greet, invite, touch, halter, lead, circle, groom, back a horse out of your space and draw him to you. 
You will be guided in horse communication skills by learning how horses feel, think and play. Exercises will be taught that create a bond and a working partnership - bringing out the best in every horse! Cost $175.(#)

INFORMATION: 360-376-4642 or visit  NaturalHorsemanshipOnOrcas.com

 
 
MONKEY PUZZLE PRESENTS: FOR EARTH'S SAKE! 
(Tuesday, April 22 on Earth Day) 
The Fabulous Follies of Reviving Your Jewelry begins. It's all about RE-USE, 
RE-JUVENATE, RE-DAZZLE with local artist Anusha Solayea of Twisting Whimsy.
So grab some jewelry you've long since worn but can't seem to let go of and create something special that will keep it out of a dusty jewelry box and on to your fab self! 
Session 1: Tuesday, April 22, 3:30 - 6:30 pm, 
What to do with the lonely Onesies, $45.  
You know those single earrings you are still convinced after years you will find it's mate, well this class will bring both your denial and them out of the closet to REvisioned. But, if you already offed your onesies? No problem! You can bring in pairs that you just don't wear any more. Posts, wires, or clip-ons are all fair game for REinventing. Now matter what you will walk away with at least one piece of new fabulous REjuvenated REdazzlement and new skills and ideas for all the others at home.
Skill level: Beginner and Up. Materials list provided at registration.
Session 2:Tuesday, April 29, 3:30 - 6:30 pm, Un-REquited Love 'I loved it so much, but now its broken' How you REpair or REvive jewelry you once loved.Cost $45
Skill level: Beginner and Up, Materials list provided at registration. (#) 

INFORMATION: To register call - 360-376-2275

  
INTRODUCTORY COURSE: THE ELEMENTS OF ART WITH SUSAN SLAPIN ~ HEADING TOWARD VAN GOGH! 
(Wednesdays: May 21, 28 & June 4, 11; 1 - 3 pm @ Orcas Art Studios, Eastsound) 
A perfect class for beginners, to intermediates who wish to refresh! Explore line and surface in pencil, in an informative supportive atmosphere. Specific exercises will free you up, as you build mark~making techniques and create visual patterns. Create imagery as techniques and process evolve...This introductory course contains a sequential process of skill building and awareness. The language of art will become a part of your vocabulary. We begin by exploring how each person moves within the picture plane, building simple surfaces within small formats, and onward to easy yet thoughtful sketches. Studying from the masters enters in here~as we head toward Van Gogh, and see how these surface techniques work together, with an eye toward composition within the landscape. Simple materials list upon enrollment. Course fee: $130. Maximum participants: 10.  See Website for Artist's Bio & general information on Art Lessons, Workshops, and Creativity Consults www.susanslapin.com. Two day workshops also available. All Ages Welcome!

INFORMATION: Contact Susan to register by email: susan@susanslapin.com

Restaurant News & Dining Deals

 

 

THIS WEEK @ THE KITCHEN....
(Thursday and Friday) 

Just the thing for a chilly spring day- a chicken ramen noodle bowl with a tangy tamarind-lime-ginger-garlic broth. Organic noodles, free range chicken and the best of the seasons local veggies-$13.50.  Hours:  Our hours are 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m Monday Tuesday; 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Summer hours start in May-we'll keep you posted!

 

INFORMATION:  360-376-6958

 

  

WINE DINNER SERIES RESUMES @ INN AT SHIP BAY 
(Wednesday, April 30, from 6 pm)
Our second of 2014 Dinner features Benjamin Smith, winemaker & founder of Cadence Winery. Cadence produces very highly acclaimed artisanal wines from the Columbia Valley and Red Mountain in Washington State. 
 
INFORMATION: call or e-mail for reservations or details 360-376-5886,  

 

 

Continuing Restaurant Specials
 
 
BEER & BRATS @ ROSARIO  
(Sundays from 1 - 9 pm, Trivia Time starts at 6 pm) 
Enjoy Beers & Brats every Sunday. We'll be serving up house-made comfort food and half priced beers (our entire list) in the Moran Lounge. Come on down! Our chalkboard menu changes from week to week. Regular dining menu now also available on Sundays from 5 pm - 9 pm.


HAPPY HOUR @ ROSARIO 
(Friday - Saturday, 3-5 pm) 
It's the weekend! Enjoy Happy Hour(s) on our couches around the fire 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
 
 
HAPPY HOUR @ THE MADRONA
(Monday - Friday, 3-6 pm & ALL DAY SUNDAY in the bar) 
$5 wines by the glass, mimosa's, margarita's & bloody mary's $1 off all well drinks and draft beer. $5 salads, $6 small plates, $7 beef, fish or pork sliders.  
 
INFORMATION:  376-7171

 

 

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.  
 
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
 
 
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KENMORE AIR ANNOUNCES SPRING SEAT SALE 
(Save on that next trip to Seattle!) 
Kenmore Air announces their annual Spring Seat Sale on flights between Seattle and the San Juan Islands, Victoria, BC or Nanaimo, BC for travel through June 16.  Save $50/person on round-trip flights between Seattle and the San Juan Islands* (Orcas, San Juan & Lopez Islands), Victoria, BC or Nanaimo, BC Airport. If you're flying one-way you'll save $25/person. Kenmore Air also provides convenient ground-shuttle service between Sea-Tac Airport and our Lake Union and Boeing Field terminals.  Seat Sale tickets available at KenmoreAir.com or by calling toll free 866-435-9524. The last day to purchase Spring Seat Sale tickets is May 12, 2014 and seats are subject to availability.  New reservations only.(#)
 

MASSAGE BY THE SEA NOW OFFERS ACUPUNCTURE 
Lori Wilson, Licensed Acupuncturist, is back on the island and practicing acupuncture in the Village Plaza building #103, ( behind Enzo's) The Barefoot Doctor Clinic, sliding scale acupuncture, ($30 to $50) will be held every Thursday starting next week. (##)

INFORMATION: To make an appointment call 376-2064 or 360-298-0204 

 
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR HEALING ARTS SPRING FAIR  
(Registration open now, Fair dates; Saturday/Sunday April 26/27) 
Spring Healing Arts Fair Registration opens this week at the Healing Arts Center--sign up early to get the appointment you want. Practitioners will be offering massage/bodywork, acupuncture, and more at greatly discounted rates, only $45/hr & $25/half-hour. All proceeds fund the nonprofit group and maintain the historic Eastsound building. The Fair weekend is April 26-27, and sessions from several practitioners are offered thru May by prepaid coupon. (#)

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4002, visit orcashealingarts.org or stop by 453 North Beach Rd., 9-3 M-F to book a session. 

 


 
Announcements
 

AMERICORPS VOLUNTEERS SPEAK AT THE FUNHOUSE
(Friday, April 18 @ 6 pm)
The AmeriCorps volunteers are working at Four Winds for two weeks this month. As part of their community service, they decided to do more volunteering at our museum! We are so grateful for their time and enthusiasm. On Saturday, April 12th, seven volunteers dropped by the Museum on their day off to assist with many different projects: gardening and landscaping, updating our volunteer record, moving items into storage, and carefully cleaning some of our props and artifacts. Well done!  And now, The AmeriCorps group will be speaking about their volunteer projects this Friday, April 18th, at the Funhouse. Come out to say thanks and hear about their efforts! 6 pm

 

 

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS FOR FRIENDS OF MORAN!

(Saturday, April 19 Pre-season meeting)

Calling all Volunteers!!!! We need more help, so bring a friend!! April 19th!  Each summer season since 2007 the Friends of Moran have operated a small quaint gift shop in which all the proceeds benefit Moran State Park.  The money raised from our little shop stays local and we try to buy local to support our community.  This year we will open our beautiful fir door on May 1st  but we need some volunteers to be successful.  Our pre-season volunteer meeting will be held on April 19th at 1 pm in the public library.  We hope you'll join us for a cup of coffee, some treats and learn more about volunteering with Friends of Moran. Our schedule is very flexible considering we are open from May 1st through Labor Day every day of the week 11 am to 4 pm.  We hope you will consider joining us!


THE ORCAS ISLAND ARTWORKS: NEW ART FEATURED

(Spring hours are 10 - 5 Daily)

The Artworks features new "Spirit Stones" by Dave Haslett in April. Dave's stone sculptures, carved from Northwest basalt and granite, are intended as centering points for contemplation.


INFORMATION: 360-376-4408



DVSAS BENEFIT MOTHER'S DAY LUNCHEON  
(Sunday, May 4 from 1 - 3 pm @ Inn at Ship Bay) 
This special luncheon is to support the works of the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services program. Tickets $50. (#)

INFORMATION: 360-376-5979


FOURTH ANNUAL ORCAS ISLAND CIDER & MEAD FESTIVAL 
(Saturday, May 10 from 11 am - 4 pm @ Village Green) 
Up to 15 of your favorite cider and mead producers from all over the Northwest will be offering tastes of 50-60 varieties of ciders and meads under the big white tent next to the Farmers Market. Visitors age 21 and over may enter the tasting tent for as little as $5 per person. The Dustbunnies, the Crow Valley Family Band and Andonimus Sessions will be entertaining the crowd from the stage all day.
A great weekend to invite friends to Orcas! Several Orcas restaurants will be featuring delicious foods prepared with ciders as well as pairing ciders with entrees during that weekend, and Island lodging facilities will be offering specials to Island visitors. Sponsored by Islanders Bank, the Northwest Cider Association, and Ray's Pharmacy and General Store, the net proceeds benefit the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program. (#)

INFORMATION: Contact Madie Murray 360-376-3371 or email: gomadie@gmail.com
Website: orcasislandciderfest.org or visit us on Facebook here


OICC ANNUAL WOMEN'S SPRING LUNCHEON @ CAMP MORAN 
(Saturday, May 10 from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm) 
Great food, wonderful ambiance and heartwarming fellowship will make May 10th a day to remember.  The theme of this year's Orcas Island Community Church Women's Spring Luncheon is "Victory Gardens."  The theme comes from Psalm 18:19, "He brought me to a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me."  Our guest speaker, Linda Whiting, is a former Friday Harbor gal.  She married Larry, a young pilot, and entered the adventure of living in Asia. They were accepted as career missionaries with MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) and were assigned to Indonesia and Laos where they lived for over 20 years. All women are invited to attend for fun and fellowship.  A delicious meal will be prepared and served by the men of our church.  This promises to be a very enjoyable afternoon. $15 per person.  Only 130 tickets; reserve by May 3! Parking limited; please carpool.

INFORMATION: Call Susan Clark at 376-7046


HARD CIDER & MEAD HOME BREW COMPETITION 
(Saturday, May 10, 2 pm Village Green) 
It's time to start preparing your home brewed cider or mead to beat last year's Best Orcas Brew! The Orcas Island Home Brew Competition is open only to Orcas Island home brewers. It is part of the Annual Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival that will be held this year on the Eastsound Village Green from 11 am to 4 pm alongside the Farmers Market. Just bring your best cider or mead home made brews to the Home Brew Competition tent by 1 pm on Saturday May 10. Competition will begin about 2 pm.(#)

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

AMERICAN TUG SPRING FLING AT DEER HARBOR MARINA 
(April 24 - 27) 
The Deer Harbor Marina will again host the local American Tug Owner's and their fleet of tugs for the annual "Spring Fling." This year a record 33 boats will be in attendance to celebrate the start of the season.  The American Tug Owners Association is a very active group with three events planned for 2014. The season kick off is the "Spring Fling" at Deer Harbor, followed by the "Summer Expedition" to the Broughton Island Group near the north end of Vancouver Island, and the "Annual Rendezvous" in Anacortes this year.
Events for the "Spring Fling" weekend include a golf tournament, Chicago style hot dogs and a marine swap meet on the new party barge, appetizer & potluck dinners at the Deer Harbor Community Club, 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 arranged the event for the past three years. Additional information on the American Tugs is available from Steve Scruggs of Tomco Marine Group at 360-466-2961.

 
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. Sadie Bailey is our artist for April. Sadie is displaying her unique blend of folk art this month including handmade quilts and vibrant paintings.  Stop by and check it out!


ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM

(Open Wednesdays - Saturdays from Noon - 3 pm)

Winter hours from October 5 to May 24.  The Crow Valley School Museum is closed for the season; open by appointment.  Museum Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 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.
 
Friday, April 18 (8:30 am). Land Bank Commission Meeting. Meeting on Orcas Island at Eastsound Fire Hall.

Tuesday, April 22 (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, April 24 (5:30 pm). Orcas Island School Board meeting (School library). Call 376-2284 for more information. Regularly meets on the fourth Thursday of the month.

  

Thursday, May 1 (3 pm). Eastsound Planning Review Committee
(Eastsound Fire Station). Meets first Thursday of the month.

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

  
Thursday, May 8 (6 pm). Port of Orcas Commissioners (Airport conference room). Meets second Thursday of the month. Call 376-5285 for more information.
 
Tuesday, May 13 (8:30 am). Orcas Island Public Library Board  
(Public Library). Call 376-4985 for more information. Meets the second Tuesday of the month. 

 

Tuesday, May 13 (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. 

  

Wednesday, May 14 (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.
 
 

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