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Board of Directors
Susan Gudgell, President Colleen Armstrong, VP
Mary Clure, Secretary 
Kim Morgan, Treasurer  
Shannon Borg
Charles Dalton
Lee Horswill
Marlace Hughes
Mia Kartiganer
Audra Lawlor
Cindy Morgan
Mike Stolmeier


Staff 
Lance Evans
Executive Director

Lisa Boyd, staff
Celia Farr-Smith, staff
Barb Buman, volunteer
Michele Wiley, volunteer 
PO Box 252
65 North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
Office: (360) 376-2273

 
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"8 Perfect Small Town Getaways" includes Eastsound ... with wonderful shout-outs to Darvill's Bookstore, Crow Valley Gallery, Kathryn Taylor Chocolates, Madrona Bar & Grill, and Rosario Resort & Spa! 

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The Chamber Welcomes a New Member!





376 Group LLC
 
(Owners: Sarah Cooper & Donna Riordan)
We are a community of business people coworking on Orcas Island. We provide an environment in which entrepreneurs, consultants and telecommuters can work independently and interactively. We support the synergy that happens when creative people share a workspace, start a dialog and connect. We would love to show you around our island's first coworking space and describe our membership options (ranging from shared space to private offices), so schedule a visit beginning Monday, May 9, 2016

Business hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 6 pm.
Website: Coming Soon 376Group.com
Phone: 360-376-6093
Address: 596 Main St., Eastsound
Emails:
Sarah Cooper
sarah@376group.com
Donna Riordan
donna@376group.com
  


See Orcas Island's birds and wildlife! 
Explore the island! Enjoy nature!

The weekend will be yours to explore beautiful Orcas Island.

Click here for a one-page list of events for the weekend.

Bird & Wildlife Tours by boat or kayak, all three days 
Talk series by Orcas W.I.L.D. marine naturalist Katie Dunbar, all three days 
Saturday Art Walk in Eastsound, 2:00 - 5:00 pm  
Saturday Bird Parade in Eastsound, 12 noon begins at Orcas elementary


Saturday Dinner, April 30 
featuring Dr. Joe Gaydos, chief scientist, SeaDoc Society
 
Evening Presentation:
The Salish Sea's Amazing Wildlife
The evening will feature a 3-course dinner and will take place at the Loft at Madrona in Eastsound from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.  Silent Auction, with lots of great lodging, dining & art objects! Tickets are $50 per person
(and your first drink is on us!) and are available at the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce. Make your reservations now!  Call 360-376-2273. 


SHEARWATER ADVENTURES OFFERING KAYAK TOURS 
For the BirdFest weekend, we will have our regular schedule of 3-hour kayak tours from Deer Harbor Marina. 
Kayak from Deer Harbor Marina through the Wasp Islands on a guided 3-hour kayak tour with Shearwater Adventures. Small groups, stable 2-person kayaks, marine wildlife, no experience required. Reservations available online or by phone.  
Friday, April 29, 10:00 am & 2:00 pm 
Saturday, April 30, 10:00 am & 2:00 pm 
Sunday, May 1, 10:00 am & 2:00 pm

INFORMATION: Visit www.shearwaterkayaks.com  or call 360-376-4699.


WALK & TALK ABOUT THE GLENWOOD SALMON HATCHERY PONDS
(Saturday, April 30, 9:00 am) 
Experienced birder, retired park ranger, and avid fisherman Dave Castor will guide this walk and talk. Starting at 9:00 am, meet at the hatchery/Youngren's entrance sign at the bottom of Flaherty's hill along the Olga to Eastsound Road. This will be approximately 60-90 minutes of very interesting outdoor activity. Dress for an easy walk in the outdoors. Click here to learn more about Glenwood Springs Hatchery Programs.

INFORMATION: Call Mike at 360-376-3398 or Dave at 360-376-5974 for more info.
Reserve your space for this walk with the Chamber office (360-376-2273)
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DEER HARBOR CHARTERS OFFERING BIRDFEST BIRD WATCHING TRIP  
(Saturday, April 30, 9:00 am from Deer Harbor Marina)
On Saturday, April 30, Deer Harbor Charters will be offering a special bird watching trip at 9:00 am from Deer Harbor Marina. This trip will coincide with the Birdfest with special pricing for Birdfest participants. On board will be well-known local captain and naturalist, Tom Averna. Tom will do his best to show you an array of marine birds (seasonal and resident) that have probably been on your life list for awhile. Pricing is $35/person, limited to 20 guests. Please, call us ASAP to make your reservation. 
Our scheduled whale watch trip will be at 12:00 noon.

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-5989 or visit www.deerharborcharters.com


ORCAS ISLAND ECLIPSE CHARTERS AUDUBON & WILDLIFE TOUR
(Sunday, May 1, 12:00 noon check-in @ Orcas Ferry Landing) 
Sunday, May 1st, Orcas Island Eclipse Charters will offer an Audubon and wildlife tour departing from the Orcas Ferry Landing. Check in is at 12:00 noon, departure is 12:30 pm, with the tour running to 4:00 pm. Expert birder and teacher, Kathy Green, Deb Martyn as well as Captain Dan will help identify the many varied species that call our islands home.
Cruise through pristine waters around the San Juan's aboard the "56' Orcas Express." With upper and lower viewing decks, there is not a bad seat aboard the boat. The inside cabin is comfy, and hot and cold beverages & snacks are in the galley. We will also look for harbor seals, stellar sea lions, porpoise and whales on this special cruise.  Join this fun afternoon trip and celebrate May Day on the water!

INFORMATION: Sign up online at www.orcasislandwhales.com and add (5off) in promo box to receive 20% off  tickets. Questions? Please call 360-376-6566.


INFORMATION:
Website: Please, click here to visit the Festival's website (check back often as things are added.) Click here for the Chamber's website. 
2016 Bird Poster
 
Phone: Call the Chamber Office at 360-376-2273 for more information.  
Tickets: Tickets to Wildlife Tours through individual businesses. Tickets to April 30th dinner with Dr. Joe Gaydos available through the Chamber.of Commerce.  
Poster: Click here for a PDF poster of this event.    









EASTSOUND ART WALK 2016
 
Saturday, April 30, 2:00 - 5:00 pm 
Come celebrate the artists of Orcas Island!
Click here for to view a detailed Eastsound Art Walk map. 
 

Cooking with Christina at Red Rabbit Farm


Friday, June 3: Do-Ahead Meals
Get your kitchen ready for summer house guests! Build a larder of do-ahead meals, snacks, and informal, tasty, island-style foods with the bounty of local farmers.  Tricks of the trade for pre-fab dishes that you can adapt to your family favorites, freeze, refrigerate, or keep in the bow of the boat. 
 
Friday, June 10: Island Seafood Primer 
How to clean, cook, and prepare the really local stuff. Simple, easy, and fun!  By the end of the class, you will know what to do with an octopus!

Friday, June 17: Perfect Paella 
Back by popular demand!  After taking this class, you will be able to host an impressive Spanish feast for your spring and summer guests.

All classes will have a taste of everything and a food gift from the kitchen.   
Wine and beverages are included.

Time: 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Price: $75 per person or $200 for all three classes   
Proceeds benefiting the Orcas Island Shakespeare Festival

Special Thanks to the Orcas Village Store and Island Market for their generous sponsorships. 
 
INFORMATION: Tickets are on sale at the
Orcas Island Chamber Office (360-376-2273)
or at Darvill's.
 
 
Events This Week & Beyond
 
 
OPEN MIC NIGHT AT THE DOE BAY CAFÉ WITH HOST SEAN TOWNSEND
(Thursday Evenings - Sponsoring Healing Arts Center in April) 
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. The Café is open from 5-10 pm and Open Mic begins at 7:30 pm.  Come out and support Healing Arts Center! Each Thursday in April Doe Bay Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each entree sold to Healing Arts Center. Great food, music and a fantastic cause! Our host this week is Sean Townsend.

INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-8059.   


PLAYFEST 2016: 11TH ANNUAL PLAYFEST AT THE GRANGE
(Friday, April 29 & Saturday, April 30 and Friday, May 6, Saturday, May 7 & Sunday, May 8 with a FREE dress rehearsal open to public: Thursday, April 28) 
Our 11th festival of locally-written ten minute plays:  Playfest 2016.
The 11th Annual PlayFest opens this Friday, April 29, on The Grange stage. The following seven short plays will be brought to life - the culmination of local Orcas playwrights, Orcas directors, and Orcas actors. This year brings several new faces out to share their talent. 
The plays will be presented at the Grange on Friday and Saturday, April 29 & 30 and Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, May 6, 7, & 8. There will be a free dress rehearsal that is open to the public on Thursday, April 28. 
Tickets are $10 and all performances begin at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, at Darvill's Bookstore or online at www.orcasactors.com.  

INFORMATION: Please, visit www.orcasactors.com.  
 
 
MOVIE OF THE WEEK AT SEA VIEW THEATRE: EYE IN THE SKY
(Friday & Saturday @ 7:30 pm) 
Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare. Rated R. Starring   Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman
The lounge opens @ 6:30 pm for beer, wine, concessions and conversation.  
 
INFORMATION: Please, call the Sea View Theatre at 360-376-5724, located at 234 A Street, Eastsound.
  

ISLAND AERIAL ACROBATICS @ ORCAS CENTER
(Friday & Saturday,  April 29 & 30, 6:30 pm, Center Stage)
Island Aerial Acrobats led by Maria Bullock are back with a spectacular show in which aerialists of all ages and skill levels share their passion for aerial silks and hoops. In Your Dreams follows a group of friends at a sleepover, and audiences will witness their night-time adventures. Anything is possible!
Tickets: $17, $13 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members
$5 Subsidized Tickets available at the Box Office

INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1


GRANNY'S ATTIC SALE IS HERE!
(Saturday, April 30, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm @ the Senior Center)
Antiques, kitchen ware, sporting goods, furniture, collectibles, and innumerable other interesting items are overflowing from the Orcas Senior Center in preparation for Granny's Attic rummage sale, this Saturday, April 30, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.  The window for donating items has closed, but if you want to contribute to the sale by volunteering for set-up, clean-up, or helping at the event, please contact Arron Redford at orcasseniorcenter@gmail.com or call 360-376-7929.  This annual sale is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the Senior Center, and the Operations Committee greatly appreciates the support of the Orcas community.

BIRD & WILDLIFE FESTIVAL DINNER WITH Dr. JOE GAYDOS
(Saturday, April 30, 6 pm - 9 pm at The Loft at Madrona)
Celebrate the Third Annual Orcas Island Bird & Wildlife Festival at our one-of-a-kind dinner at The Loft at Madrona. Enjoy a 3-course dinner, silent auction, and a presentation -- "The Amazing Wildlife of the Salish Sea" -- by SeaDoc Society's Director & Chief Scientist, Dr. Joe Gaydos. Tickets are $50 per person... and going fast! Contact the Chamber of Commerce (360-376-2273 or email) for your tickets!
 

ORCAS MONTESSORI SCHOOL "SPRING GARDEN PARTY" AUCTION AT RANDOM HOWSE
(Saturday, April 30, 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Random Howse)
Come dressed in your best spring attire and enjoy an evening filled with live music and delicious local cuisine from island farms, prepared by local chefs Avery and Drew of Hogstone's Wood Oven. Michele Wiley will be our host for the evening and will inspire us to contribute to early childhood education during the live and silent auction. Please, come and bid on an array of beautiful items, adventures, and local services.
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Auction details: Our island friends and neighbors have done it again! With their incredible generosity we are able to offer a wide variety of wonderful items and an opportunity to raise the paddle to support our scholarship fund.
Just to name a few of the offerings: a wide variety of massages, island milled lumber, gravel delivered, a time in a wonderful Sedona resort, farm to table dinner for 8 plus many other dining options at local restaurants, a three course Thai dinner made for you, landscaping consultation, a load of veggie compost and a different delicious dessert made for you once a month for a year!
Ticket details: There are still tickets left for Saturday evening's Auction at Random Howse from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Purchase your tickets at Darvill's Bookstore or by calling the Orcas Montessori School at 360-376-5350. Admission is $45 p/p. Price includes a glass of beer, wine, or a non-alcoholic beverage. Call the school or purchase them at Darvill's Bookstore

INFORMATION: Click here for a poster of this event and visit our
website.


SPRING HEALING ARTS FAIR
(Saturday, April 30 - Sunday, May 1)
Registration is now open at the Healing Arts Center - sign up ASAP to get the appointment you want. Practitioners will be offering massage/bodywork, acupuncture, and more at greatly discounted rates, only $50/hr & $30/half-hour. All proceeds fund the nonprofit group and maintain the historic Eastsound building. The Fair weekend is April 30 - May 1, and some sessions are offered through May by prepaid coupon.

INFORMATION: More info at orcashealingarts.org; phone 360-376-4002 or stop by 453 North Beach Road, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday, to book a session
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STRAUSS' ELEKTRA @ ORCAS CENTER
(Sunday, May 1, 1:00 pm Streaming Live)
The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn't live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme - unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner - who portrays Elektra's primal quest for vengeance for the murder of her father, Agamemnon. Chereau's musical collaborator Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss' mighty take on Greek myth. Shortly after conquering the opera world with his scandalous masterpiece Salome, Richard Strauss turned to Hugo von Hofmannsthal's recent adaptation of Sophocles's Electra for his next project. The resulting opera is an intense and still-startling work that unites the commanding impact of Greek tragedy with the unsettling insights of early-20th-century Freudian psychology. The drama unfolds in a single act of rare vocal and orchestral power.
$20, $15 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members
$5 subsidized tickets available in the Box Office
ATTN Bird & Wildlife Festival attendees: Orcas Center would be delighted to offer a festival discount of  $5.00 Subsidized tickets for The Met Live in HD: Stauss' Elektra. 

INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1


DVSAS 2nd ANNUAL BEAUTIFUL YOU FASHION SHOW
(Sunday, May 1, 1:00 pm @ Camp Orkila Lodge)
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of the San Juans is pleased to present our second annual Beautiful You Fashion Show at the Camp Orkila Lodge on Sunday, May 1, at 1:00 pm. DVSAS is proud to celebrate diversity in fashion and women on Orcas Island. Part of our mission is to give women and girls their self-worth back!  Not only are we here for all victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, but we are also here to prevent abuse by making sure every person has the strength and voice in themselves to expect respect in every relationship because YOU are worth it.
Join us and enjoy an afternoon tea, a light lunch, and mimosas while we view selections from our islands own clothing shops.  Park in the main parking lot and use the shuttle service down to the lodge.  We will view selections from Tres Fabu, Siren boutique, Mr and Miscellaneous, Monkey Puzzle, Cherry T's, and Sequel.  Special thanks to Nest for help with décor.  With so many wonderful sponsors the event is sure to be a success!
Ticket Price $20.00

INFORMATION: Please reserve your place by calling 360-376-5979 or visit Siren Boutique
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YOUTH ORCHESTRA @ ORCAS CENTER
(Thursday, May 5 @ 7:00 Center Stage)
We love making music! Orcas High School musicians consistently receive "superior" ratings at regional music contests, outscoring many ensembles from much larger schools. Come hear what all the acclaim is about! The High School Strings, High School Band, and Orcas Youth Orchestra will perform under the direction of Pamela Wright, Strings, and Darren Dix, Band. School Music Matters on Orcas Island. Your donations help to offset concert expenses.  (Student Art show reception in lobby and Madrona room, 3:00 - 6:30 pm.)
Tickets by donation

INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1
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GIRLS WITH UKES AT RANDOM HOWSE
(Friday, May 6, 6:30 pm @ Random Howse)
Girls with Ukes fans can expect another fun-filled performance, complete with tunes ranging from the Andrews Sisters to the Beatles, with a new original Girls with Ukes anthem tossed in for good measure. This performance will also close with a new feature you've all been waiting for: a Girls with Ukes Sing-along!
The Orcas Island Girls Ukulele Ensemble (otherwise known as Girls with Ukes) are island girls, ages 10 through 14, co-led by Anita Orne and Mandy Troxel. The group has been meeting for the past 10 weeks, learning vocal rounds and other exercises, while also assembling a show of classic tunes, which they will introduce to the audience with typical dramatic flair.
The Random Howse will be featuring its Thai menu, and will open for dinner at 5:00 pm. The event has no cover charge, but feeding the tip jars will help to cover choir costs. Reservations are strongly encouraged - it's going to be a full house! Call 360-376-1111.


UPCOMING SHOWS AT DOE BAY
Friday, May 6: Live music in the cafe w/ SeaStar! Seattle's premier Celtic folk rock band returns to Doe Bay to perform a quiet acoustic set in the cafe from 7:30 - 9:00 pm. No cover. Reservations recommended!
Saturday, May 7: Seattle singer/songwriter Elijah Sussman kicks things off in the Yoga Studio followed by SeaStar with a full electric performance! 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm in the Doe Bay Yoga Studio. No cover.


ORCAS CURRENTS PRESENTS: THE HIDDEN HALF OF NATURE: MICROBIAL ROOTS OF LIFE & HEALTH
(Saturday, May 7, 4 pm at Orcas Island Community Church)
The Hidden Half of Nature: Microbial Roots of Life and Health: A Lecture by David R. Montgomery, UW Professor of Earth Sciences, MacArthur Fellow and Anne Biklé, biologist, Public Health
Reception afterwards hosted by Orcas Food Coop. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Invisible microbes are transforming the way we view nature and our bodies - and could revolutionize agriculture and medicine. Good health - for both plants and people - depends on fostering good bacteria in our soils and guts. These are the principal conclusions of an intriguing new book, The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health, which University of Washington earth scientist David R. Montgomery published in November 2015 with his wife Anne Biklé. They will discuss these radical insights and their ramifications for our relationship with the natural world, especially on how they could transform agriculture and medicine.

INFORMATION: For more detailed information about this presentation, click here or email Michael Riordan at mriordan137@gmail.com


SING-ALONG POTLUCK AT SALMONBERRY SCHOOL
(Monday, May 9, 5:00 pm @ Salmonberry School)
Salmonberry School invites you to their Sing-Along Potluck on Monday, May 9. at 5:00 pm. Tom Rawson and Mandy Troxel will be leading a hootenanny, Salmonberry style. Music-lovers young and old are invited to join in on the fun! The potluck also serves as an Open House for any interested or prospective students to get a peek into the workings of Salmonberry's holistic education program for children ages pre-school through 6th grade. Bring a musical instrument (if you have one) and a dish to share.

INFORMATION: For more information, contact info@salmonberryschool.org or call 360-376-6310
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THE VIGILANTE @ SEA VIEW THEATRE
(Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 pm)
The Vigilante is the creation of Orcas High School student, Enzo Thixton. He has been planning this pop music concert for the better part of a year for his senior project. Enzo has designed an event that showcases many different styles and types of performance. 
Cast: Enzo.
Dancers: Anneke Fleming, Anneke Ivans, Aristotle Luna, Haley Moss, Jessica Tokarchuk, Lily Ater, Madi Jane West, Stephie Mac & Tori Sturk
Musicians: Adia Dolan, Matia Schwartz & Lek Thixton
Aerialists: Anwyn Thompson & Millie Kau



ON THIS ISLAND @ ORCAS CENTER
(Friday, Saturday & Sunday,  May 12, 13, & 14 7:30 pm)
On This Island is a Concert celebrating the 3rd Annual Benefit Performance for Orcas Center. Directed by Grace McCune, this night of music weaves together a tapestry of sonic stories by some of Orcas Island's most treasured musicians and performers. These stories talk of what it means to live in a small community, how we live and love together. How we support and grieve with one another. And how somehow, we have found ourselves and each other here, On This Island. This not-to-be-missed performance will sell out. Don't delay getting your tickets! Directed by Grace McCune with Susan Osborn, Martin Lund, Sea Stars, Jim Bredouw, Jake Perrine, Gene Nery, Carolyn Cruso, Melody Funk, Laura Ludwig, Noah Racey, Kara O'Toole, Tiffany Loney, Stormy Hildreth, Jeffrey Horton, Deborah Sparks, Corey Wiscomb, Cali Bagby, Khadoma Colomby and The Rock on the Rock Choirs.
Tickets: $30, $15 students May 13, 14, 15 at 7:30 pm
May 13, only date for New Leaf Café Dinner & Show ticket: $72 (dinner at 5:00 pm).

INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1


CRUISE INTO HISTORY: SMUGGLER'S BLUES
(Sunday, May 15 with OI Eclipse Charters)
If you love a leisurely cruise around the San Juan Islands and are curious about the smugglers of olde that haunted our shores, the Orcas Island Historical Society invites you to climb aboard the "Cruise Into History" yacht that leaves from the Orcas ferry landing on May 15 with Orcas Island Eclipse Charters!  A local historian will point out the smugglers' haunts and relate tales of rum running, Chinese labor and opium smuggling and murder and skullduggery on the high seas while you relax and take in the views. The 4-hour trip will take place aboard the 56' Orcas Express.
Ninety-nine dollars (after the group discount is applied at the time of purchase) plus tax will get you this plus a great lunch from the Orcas Landing Store, beer, wine and other beverages and an illustrated souvenir booklet to commemorate your historical day.
This popular event always sells out quickly, so make your reservations now by going to www.orcasislandwhales.com and clicking "Other Tours" or by calling 360-376-6566 for the "Cruise Into History" on May 15.

INFORMATION: Visit www.orcasislandwhales.com and clicking "Other Tours" or by calling 360-376-6566
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OLGA STRAWBERRY COUNCIL LAUNCHES "STRAWBERRY SERIES": Celebrating the History of the Strawberry Barreling Plant
(Saturday, May 7 - Saturday, June 19)
For a sweet taste of old-time island life in the San Juans, don't miss this spring's "Strawberry Series," a celebration highlighting the legacy of the Olga Strawberry Barreling Plant and the rare berries that made it possible. The historic building is home to the Orcas Island Artworks, as well as the Catkin Cafe and the James Hardman Gallery.
The series will include workshops conducted by Maine inter-media artist, Leah Gauthier (www.leahgauthier.com and www.marshallstrawberry.com) on May 7 and May 9, an afternoon of stories featuring local elders and historians who experienced the Marshall Strawberry heydays called "Marshall Memories" on May 28, and a talk and visual account of the reconstruction of the historic barreling plant/Artworks building after the 2013 fire on June 10 by Ben Trogdon. The series is topped off by the Orcas Island Artworks, James Hardman Gallery and Catkin Cafe "Strawberry Festival" on Sunday, June 19.

INFORMATION: Learn the details on all events by clicking here


UPCOMING SHOW AT THE DOE BAY CAFE 
Seattle Rock Orchestra
(Memorial Day weekend, May 27 - 29)
Doe Bay is very happy to be hosting the 2nd annual Seattle Rock Orchestra Memorial Day Live Music Weekend, May 27 - 29.

INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-8059 or visit our website
 
 

Art Walk Announcements


STUDENT ART SHOWING: BIRD ART FROM TRASH 
(Thursday, April 28 - Monday, May 2 @ Body Boat Blade in Eastsound)
The A-OK middle school and high school students will be displaying their art for the Bird & Wildlife Festival. The students' art is made 100% from trash that Brook Meinhardt (their A-OK Art teacher) collected off of Crescent Beach. A-OK (ART for Orcas Kids) brings talented local artists into the public K-8 classes to teach concept-rich visual arts lessons that are tied to state standards. A-OK is on a path to try and make art a regular part of the elementary and middle school curriculum, much as has happened with Farm to Classroom and Music.


2016 ARTWALK POP UP! FOR GRACE GRANTHAM 
(Saturday, April 30, 2:00 - 5:00 pm @ Madrona Point Insurance)
2016 ArtWalk PoP uP!! for Grace Grantham at the office of Madrona Point Insurance, 365 North Beach Road, #106 -- behind the Random Howse! Stop by from 2:00 - 5:00 pm for the Saturday Art Walk and Bird Festival in Eastsound.  Treats and sweets!


"ART WALK & MORE" AT JACQUELINE KEMPFER ARTIST STUDIO 
(Saturday, April 30 from 11:00am - 5:00pm at 474 N. Beach Road)
Please join Jackie in her studio and gallery to enjoy her original paintings of Orcas Island in the mediums of oil, watercolor and sumi ink. Jackie will be offering a 20% ART WALK & BIRDFEST discount this weekend on all painting purchases. Sign the guest book and receive a raffle ticket for an original painting! The studio will also be open on Friday, April 29, and Sunday, May 1, from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm to accommodate all visitors to these events!

INFORMATION: 360-376-2282 or 360-317-8230 or visit jacquelinekempferartist.com.



Announcements
    

FIRST SUNDAYS VEGGIE POTLUCK & MOVIE 
(Sunday, May 1, 6:00 pm at Odd Fellows Hall)
Come join a monthly potluck and movie with people celebrating a compassionate, healthy, and sustainable plant-based diet lifestyle.  The event will be held on first Sundays of the month starting on May 1.  While the potlucks will feature 100% plant-based dishes, everyone is welcome to attend, whether veg-curious, vegetarian, or vegan. This month's movie will be Earthlings Make the Connection, a film about humankind's dependence on animals for economic purposes (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research), narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, with music by Moby. (#)

INFORMATION: Please sign up and see what to bring at www.meetup.com/Orcas-Vegan-Meetup or call 360-376-4320.


TIME TO GIVE BIG! IN SUPPORT OF ISLAND YOUTH & FUNHOUSE COMMONS 
(Tuesday, May 3, for Island Youth & Funhouse Commons)
We think it's a great idea to Give Big on Tuesday, May 3, 2016! Next Tuesday, your donation in support of island kids gets even BIGGER! On Tuesday, May 3, all of your donations to the Funhouse Commons will have even greater impact thanks to a generous stretch pool of funds raised by The Seattle Foundation. The "stretch" pool means more funding for local nonprofits to continue their important work.
Go to this link today and your donation will be processed on May 3!  https://givebig.seattlefoundation.org/npo/the-funhouse-discovery-center-of-orcas-island
Your donation to the Funhouse Commons will ensure Orcas Island youth have access to high-quality afterschool, teen, mentoring, expanded learning, and summer programs that support healthy development.
Thank you for choosing the Funhouse to support on this important day of giving! Please, DONATE HERE.

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-7177 or visit www.funhousecommons.org.


B-I-N-G-O! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 
(Thursday, May 5, 5:30 - 7:30 pm @ American Legion Hall)
The Sons of The American Legion are sponsoring BINGO to benefit Kaleidoscope Preschool & Childcare Center.  Bring the family out the first Thursday of each month from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Each game cost $0.50 and winnings are prizes or split pot!  Also, there is an ongoing progressional game.  If you wear your Kaleidoscope t-shirt, your first game is free. Concessions are provided: weekly soups provided by Barb Griffin at $5 per bowl.  Hope to see you there!   

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2484.


CHILDREN'S HOUSE "EAT FOR A WEEK" RAFFLE 
(Raffle to conclude on May 7 @ the Farmers' Market)
Take a chance and win the "whole enchilada"!
In the "Eat for a Week" raffle, Children's House gives island visitors and locals a great chance to dine at nine Orcas restaurants - for as little as $20.  One lucky ticket holder wins the "whole enchilada" (AND pizza, ribs, salmon or whatever they choose) in a raffle which concludes May 7th at the Farmers' Market.  Valued at more than $500, the raffle features meals for TWO at Café Olga, Chimayo's, Deer Harbor Inn Restaurant, Hogstone Pizza, Mias, Mijitas, New Leaf Café (Outlook Inn), Red Rabbit Farm (Farm-to-Table) and Rosario. One winner takes it all!
Tickets can be purchased online at www.oich.org, at Island Market on April 30th, and at the Farmer's Market on May 7th.  The winner need not be present at the drawing.
The fundraiser concludes May 7th and meals can be taken throughout the year.
All proceeds benefit the toddler and preschool programs.
But hurry!  You can't win if you don't enter! (#)

INFORMATION: For more information contact Children's House at 360-376-4744. 


SUSAN SLAPIN: COLOR STRATA @ ORCAS CENTER 
(April through May 3)
Orcas Center's Lobby Gallery Exhibit features the work of island Fine Artist, Susan Slapin.
Mediums include etching, monotype, paintings in acrylic, mixed media, and pastels.
Stop in to The Orcas Center to view this feast for the eyes and the soul. Don't miss it!
Also . . . if you are planning to re-decorate, call Susan to chat: 360-376-8855.

  
CROW VALLEY GALLERY NOW OPEN - WITH NEW OWNER
Wendy Shinstine is the new owner of Crow Valley Gallery in Eastsound - or "Crow Valley in Town," as it is familiarly known.  The gallery is now separate from the original Crow Valley Pottery, which is still owned by Michael Rivkin and Jeffri  Coleman.  Thankfully, Michael and Jeffri had the insight to add the word Gallery to the beautiful large tile sign which heralds the home of the 90+ artists represented in the gallery. 

Michael and Jeffri have acquired a historical bed and breakfast in Pennsylvania where they are delighted to entertain guests with their cuisine and their endless supply of superb stories.  Photos, contacts and memories are readily available to share with those interested. Please, stay in touch for news of their adventures and updates regarding their return. 

Michael and Jeffri wrote, "We are thrilled that the history of Crow Valley continues in Eastsound!  One of the most difficult parts of this transition for us was wanting to insure continuing a great platform for our artists, customers and friends alike.  And this was a 'natural' in our friend Wendy - who knows well the ways of Crow Valley!  We look forward to her continued fun and success with the gallery, and thank all for their support of Wendy."

Wendy writes, "Crow Valley Gallery will thrive - in honor of our enthusiastic mentors of the arts.  Thank you, Michael and Jeffri . . . and of course our very own Miss Clara - our very loved first Mayor of Eastsound." (##)


SALMONBERRY SCHOOL'S 2016 SUMMER PROGRAMS
Salmonberry School is excited to announce the 2016 line up of summer programs! From June to August, Salmonberry offers week-long day camps for children ages 3 to 12 years old. We have an exciting and unique lineup of programs to offer this year. Some favorites like Farm Camp, Art Camp, and Early Childhood Music Camp will make a return, and new offerings like Dance Your Self Camp, Earthways Nature Education Camp, and Wet 'n Wild Water Play Camp await discovery. For more information please visit Salmonberry's website at www.salmonberryschool.org and follow the link to summer programs. There you can peruse the schedule, read camp descriptions and teacher bios, and register your own children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews! Camps tend to fill up quickly so reserve a place soon.  (##)
 
INFORMATION: If you have any questions feel free to call 360-376-6310 or email summerprogram@salmonberryschool.org

 
SPRING CLEANUP AT THE PIONEER MUSEUM
 (Saturday, April 30, 10:00 am @ Pioneer Museum)
Saturday, April 30th, volunteers will assemble at the Pioneer Museum downtown at 10:00 am to give it a freshening up after its winter quiet period. Volunteers are needed to help us dust artifacts, sweep, vacuum and spruce up the grounds. Clark will be directing the work crew. All you need to bring are gloves, enthusiasm and good cheer. We will supply everything else. We plan to be done by noonish.

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4849.


CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL TICKET SALES KICK-OFF MAY 2ND! 
TICKET SALES: 
2:00 pm Ticket Sales Open at Orcas Center
5:30 pm Volunteer Reception - Toast the 2016 Festival and New Executive Director
On Monday, May 2nd, ticket sales for the 2016 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival will begin at 2:00 pm in the Madrona Room at Orcas Center. For years, loyal patrons have lined up for this traditional "Early Birds" ticketing opportunity to select  concerts and their favorite seats before sales open online or by phone. Festival staff will be there to help with ticket orders and answer questions about this summer's music and musicians.
Online ticket sales open at 7:00 pm, May 2nd, and tickets can be purchased through the Chamber Music Festival website, oicmf.org, or orcascenter.org.  Phone orders can be made through the Orcas Center Box Office, Wednesdays through Fridays from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm at 360-376-2281. It promises to be two weeks of exciting new artists and the return of many favorites.
RECEPTION FOR FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS: 
After Early Bird ticket sales wrap up Monday, May 2nd, the kick-off celebration continues at 5:30 pm with a reception for Festival volunteers!  Anita Orne, new Executive Director for OICMF, Linda Slone, new Festival Manager, and Laura Gibbons, Community Outreach Manager, will welcome the terrific team of Festival volunteers. Staff will preview the much-anticipated concerts and events, and hors d'oeuvres from Orcas Village Store and Thurston Wolfe wines will complement the occasion. (#)

INFORMATION: For more information about the 2016 Festival, visit oicmf.org or call the Festival Office at 360-376-6636.


THE MOBILE CSO IS COMING TO ORCAS ISLAND
(Tuesday, May 17, & Wednesday, May 18, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm @ Orcas Island Community Church) 
The Division of Child Support (DCS) will be on the truck, 5/17, to assist you with your case or questions!  At this event, you can apply for Cash Assistance, Basic Food Assistance, Medical Assistance. You can also drop off paperwork, complete an Eligibility Review, Mid-Certification Review or make changes to an existing case.  
INFORMATION: Please, click here to see the attached poster.


NEW WEBSITE FOR ORCAS CENTER 
Orcas Center has launched a new website!
Check out the new look: http://orcascenter.org/   (#)

 
SUMMER THEATRE CAMP: GREASE LIGHTNING AT ORCAS CENTER 
Orcas Center is holding its Summer Theatre Camp "Grease Lightning" for ages 8 to 13 on June 20 through 24. Grace McCune and Tiffany Loney will be working with the children on a song and dance take off of the musical "Grease."  The camp goes from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday (kids bring their lunches, beverages and snacks).  There will be a short and sweet performance of what they have put together on Friday, June 24 at 3:30 pm. Pre-registration is encouraged as we are enrolling 15 children for camp this year. Tuition is: $250 per child.

INFORMATION: Email sparks@orcascenter.org to enroll your children.

 
SAVE THE DATE: COMMUNITY CELEBRATION "CENTER YOURSELF" AT ORCAS CENTER
(Event to occur Sunday, May 29, 2:00 - 5:00 pm @ Orcas Center)  
Save the date for the Orcas Center community celebration "Center Yourself." 
Please join us Sunday May 29, 2016 2-5 PM for the Orcas Center Open House Tour:  
Explore behind the scenes, see the history displays, experience the entertainers, 
enjoy refreshments and celebrate 30 years in our building where memories are made. 
Event is free!

INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1

 
YMCA CAMP ORKILA VOLUNTEER WORK WEEKEND 
(Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22)  
Camp Orkila is looking for a limited number of volunteers to help with landscaping, renovation, and general upkeep of camp property during this May weekend.  We are looking for people with a variety of skills, and mostly a 'get-to-it' work ethic.  Interested volunteers MUST R.S.V.P. to Steve Miller before May 1st, so we can have our projects prepared.  Food and housing available for the weekend. Visit our website. http://camporkila.org   

INFORMATION: For more information or to RSVP contact stmiller@seattleymca.org or hwinchell@seattleymca.org.


SALMONBERRY SCHOOL "DROP-IN DAYS" 
(Tuesday, May 24)  
For the past 15 years, Salmonberry School of Orcas Island has offered a holistic learning experience for children grades Pre-K through 6th. What is Holistic Education? In a nutshell, Holistic education nurtures the intellectual and imaginative capabilities of the "whole child" through authentic learning experiences rich in language, literature, science, craft, and the arts. What does this look like? We're glad you asked!' 
Drop-in days are a school-wide open doors event for interested prospective students or community members to spend part or all of the day at Salmonberry.

INFORMATION: Contact Paul Freedman at 360-376-6310 or email info@salmonberryschool.org. You can also visit our website at www.salmonberryschool.org.

 
EDC PRESENTS 7TH ANNUAL ECONOMICS LUNCHEON 
(Friday, June 17, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm @ Brickworks in Friday Harbor)
The EDC presents 7th Annual Economics Luncheon with Noted Business Leader and Economists. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for the 7th Annual EDC Economics Luncheon, held at Brickworks on Friday, June 17th from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  The EDC's annual economics luncheon explores recent data on trends in the economy, and potential opportunities and threats that face our businesses.
This year's program will include presentations by noted speakers Dr. Hart Hodges (director of WSU's Center for Economic & Business Research), Dr. Anneliese Vance-Sherman, (regional labor economist for the State of Washington), and Victoria Compton (director of the San Juan County Economic Development Council).  The presentations will explore our region's economy - past, present and future - including industry, employment and sales data, and current trends.
After the presentations, a panel of noted business experts including business leader Tim Engle, president of Saltchuk Resources, Inc., a privately held logistics, transportation and hospitality company (including Roche Harbor Resort), and Allison Clark, Director of Business Development at the Washington State Department of Commerce.

INFORMATION: Tickets are $25 and space is limited. For more information and to order tickets, please, visit www.sanjuansedc.org/luncheon or call 360-378-2906.

 
WASHINGTON STATE PARKS 2016 FREE DAYS
Washington State Parks is offering  "free days" in 2016, when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. This means you can park at trailheads or recreation facilities without hanging a Northwest Forest Pass or Discover Pass or paying a park or refuge entrance fee. Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on these days. Thank you for your support!
For a list of 2016 Free Days for Washington State Parks, click here.  (##)

 INFORMATION: Call Moran State Park at 360-376-2326.

 
Shop the Rock


COME SEE WHAT'S HATCHED AT NEST!
(Open house: Friday, April 29, 2:00 - 7:00 pm) 
The usual winter business shuffle has occurred and we've gotten the opportunity to spread our wings and expand into the space that was Eclipse Charters. (They in turn have moved to the former Chez Chloe location just next door.) We want to extend an invitation to you to come by the shop on Friday, April 29, for an open house from 2:00 - 7:00 pm to see what's been keeping us occupied in our spare time.  New inventory, expanded shop, and more work space!  We're of course open normal business hours on Friday, but if you can make it to the open house there will be a 10% discount on all merchandise and drawings for prizes.  
 
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4580.


EMERALD ISLE SAILING CHARTERS ANNOUNCEMENT : IT'S A GIRL! 
Our southern resident orca pod population is back on the rise with great news of the birth of a new female!  
Survival of breeding female orcas is critical for the survival of this endangered pod. come join us on the water to celebrate the arrival of Miss J53!
We look forward to seeing you on board for what promises to be yet another outstanding sailing season!  (##)
INFORMATION: Visit our website: www.emeraldislesailing.com; email: charters@emeraldislesailing.com; or call 360-376-3472.


CASCADE CARPET INSTALLERS 
Cascade Carpet Installers provides full service in residential, commercial carpet installation, repair and re-stretch, laminate flooring, luxury vinyls and pre-finished hardwoods. Having recently moved to Orcas, and my 35 years experience in the trade, will assure you prompt, professional service with a smile. (##) 
 
INFORMATION: Call Bryan at 360 317-6042 or email bhcolwell@yahoo.com.


OFFERINGS FROM STACY ROMILLAH:
SEASONAL ALLERGIES 
It's time to be prepared for SEASONAL ALLERGIES! Acupuncture, herbal medicine and best home health practices to minimize your allergy symptoms. Call 360-472-0488 to schedule your appointment. 
 
ACUPUNCTURE/HERBAL APPOINTMENTS
Did you know many health challenges like headaches, neck and shoulder pain, inflammatory conditions, depression and anxiety are caused by scar tissue and adhesions in the abdomen?
Common surgeries for appendicitis and gall bladder surgeries result in right sided neck, shoulder and hip pain. C-sections and hernias cause even more problems. Acupuncture and herbal medicine correct these poorly-healed scars and bring relief for a myriad of symptoms that have been unresponsive to other treatments. Call for your acupuncture/herbal appointment today: 360-472-0488. (##)
 
INFORMATION: Call 360-472-0488.

 
EMERALD ISLE SAILING CHARTERS: GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST 
Join us for a journey through one of the most spectacular areas on Planet Earth ... Great Bear Rainforest! Our September 7th trip is on sale right now; enjoy 20% off while treating yourself to some absolutely exquisite nature! Limited space available, don't miss out! This trip is an all-time favorite of many guests!  Do consider joining us, you won't be disappointed!

INFORMATION: Visit www.emeraldislesailing.com; email charters@emeraldislesailing.com; call 360-376-3472 or 866-714-6611.


YOUR PROPERTY CARE NEEDS
There are times when you may need someone to check on your property when the power goes out or there is a wind storm. 
We can facilitate general property care needs such as: 
Grounds-keeping, maintenance and repair and cleaning. 
Professional, responsive, licensed & insured, we are a year-round service for your property here on Beautiful Orcas Island. (##) 

INFORMATION: Contact Orcas Island Concierge and Property Services: Tim at 360-472-0330 and Sonia at 360-610-2887. Email or visit our Web site.

   
Restaurant News & Dining Deals

 
HOGSTONE UPDATES

Hogstone has expanded its hours: Thursday - Monday, 5:30 pm - Close. Thank you for a wonderful (and surprisingly busy!) late winter/early spring. We are very excited for the opportunity to serve you even more as the season ramps up.
Also, we have a few wine dinners in the works. Go to our website for more details. For reservations call 360-376-4647 or email hogstonecatering@gmail.com.
First up: April 30 with Brooks Winery of Willamette Valley, OR. 6 courses with matched wine for $100.
May 19 with Zev Rovine and Walden Selections - details forthcoming.
 
 
MOTHER'S DAY BUFFET AT THE MANSION RESTAURANT
(Sunday, May 8)
Brunch: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$47: ages 13+
$23.50: youth (6-12 yo)
FREE for ages 5 and under!

INFORMATION: Reservations: 360-376-2222 or online.


WEST SOUND CAFE OPEN FOR 2016 SEASON
The West Sound Cafe is now open for the 2016 season, with dinners being served Wednesday through Saturday from 5:00 - 9:00 pm. (##)

INFORMATION: For reservations, call 360-376-4440.  To view a menu, visit our website


NEW SPECIAL AT DOE BAY 
The Doe Bay Cafe will be offering 10% off of all food and beverage purchases for Doe Bay Spa members on Sunday nights in the months of April and May!
All Orcas residents should consider a Doe Bay spa membership. To learn more or to sign up for a membership, please call 360-376-2291! 
 
DOE BAY CAFE NOTICE 
Please, note that the cafe will be closed for dinner service on Saturday, April 30th.

INFORMATION:
Call 360-376-2291.


NEW HOURS FOR THE MANSION RESTAURANT AND MORAN LOUNGE

The Mansion Restaurant
Breakfast: 8:00 am - 11:00 am, Daily
Lunch: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Daily
Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Sunday - Thursday
Now open Friday - Saturday until 10:00 pm.
The Moran Lounge
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Sunday - Thursday
Now open Friday - Saturday until 10:00 pm. 

INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-2222.  


INN AT SHIP BAY
The garden is growing and we look forward to seeing our friends on the island.
As in the past; open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 5:00 pm in the Lounge & 5:30 pm in the Dining Room (closed Sundays & Mondays).
 
 
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-5886.


NEW LEAF CAFE HOURS
The New Leaf Cafe spring hours are:
Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday, 7:30 am to 12:30 pm
Dinner: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Monday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Happy Hour: Thursday, Friday, & Monday, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
We are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

INFORMATION: Please, feel free to email back or call 360-317-4554 with any questions.


PRIME RIB NIGHT AT THE ORCAS HOTEL
Wednesdays from 5:00 to 8:30 pm.  Please, call 360-376-4300 for reservations.

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4300.


  
 
ROSES BAKERY CAFE & STORE HOURS
Roses Bakery Cafe open Monday - Saturday!  The Cafe hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm;  Store hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

INFORMATION: Contact Roses for details at 360-376-4292.
  

CAFE OLGA CELEBRATING 35TH YEAR!
Cafe Olga is celebrating its 35th year!
Hours: Open 7:00 am - 3:00 pm daily. Closed Wednesday.

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-5098.



DOE BAY FEST TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR LOCALS!
(Sundays at Doe Bay Café)
Doe Bay Fest 2016 is slated for August 4 - 8 and, as always, the tickets are limited and highly sought after.  We do save aside some tickets specifically for Orcas Locals so that our Island community can join us for this musical highlight of the summer!  To purchase tickets, please eat at the Doe Bay Café for SUNDAY DINNER sometime this winter.  Let your server know you want to buy Doe Bay Fest tickets and they will get you set up.  Please, make an advance reservation if possible (360-376-8059), and do bring proof of your local address.  Tickets for Doe Bay Fest 9 are $150, but Locals that eat in the Café on Sunday nights get a SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICING of $100 per ticket!  Please, join us for dinner some Sunday this winter, and get your tickets for the hottest show on-island this summer!

INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-8059.


THE MANSION RESTAURANT AT ROSARIO   
The Mansion Restaurant is now open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Locals receive a 10% discount. Now open Fridays-Saturdays until 10:00 pm.
The Mansion Restaurant offers casual and fine dining in the historic Moran Mansion at Rosario Resort. Enjoy seasonal seafood, meats and produce in a spectacular waterfront location. Wine and cocktails are served by the romantic fire in the turn-of-the-century setting of the Moran Lounge.  Chef Raymond Southern has created new menus for both The Mansion and The Moran Lounge, so join us for some inspired spring dishes!  Dinner Reservations are highly recommended; call 360-376-2222.
  
INFORMATION: For reservations, please, call 360-376-2222

Continuing Restaurant Specials
  
EVENTS AT RANDOM HOWSE THIS WEEK
Hopefully you all know that we are now open Wednesday - Saturday, 5:00 - 8:30 pm for Thai food EXCEPT this Saturday we will be having the Montessori Fundraiser here.    
Wednesday: our usual Open Mic starting around 7:00 pm
Thursday & Friday: dinner only
We are happy to unveil 6 new cocktails to compliment our Thai menu and each embracing one of the key flavors of Thai cuisine: Spicy, Salty, Bitter, Sour and Sweet (2 for sweet!)
Saturday, 4/30: MONTESSORI FUNDRAISER
If you want to join in that fun/delish/helpful experience you can get tickets at Darvill's, by calling the school at 360-376-5350 and online via the Orcas Montessori website.

Also next week: May 4 - 8
Wednesday, 5/4: Special entertainment from Andonimus, The Brothers Reed (from Oregon) and Corey Wiscomb
Thursday, 5/5: Dinner
Friday, 5/6: Girls with Ukes!
Saturday, 5/7: Hot Damn Scandal!
Sunday, 5/8: Mother's Day breakfast/brunch
We are going to be open on Sunday, May 8, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm for a wonderful Mother's Day Brunch with a diverse (non-Thai) menu developed by our talented cook Kevin Gregus (formally known as the breakfast cook for New Leaf!)  Reservations highly recommended. Call 360-376-1111. Menu pricing includes coffee or tea and each Mother gets a gift.  Remember - the Island Skillet is closed Mother's Day!

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-1111 or visit Randomhowse.com or facebook.com/randomhowse

 
OPEN MIC AT THE LOWER TAVERN
(Tuesdays at 9:00 pm)
Serving up pub fare, great beer, and good times. Stop by for a delicious meal, or just a drink, with us today!

INFORMATION: Call 360-317-4848.



OPEN MIC AT RANDOM HOWSE

(Wednesdays at 7:00 pm)
Come to Open Mic at Random Howse for music, poetry and stories.  We have a piano for you pianists!

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-1111 or visit www.randomhowse.com, www.facebook.com/randomhowse

 

OPEN MIC NIGHT @ THE DOE BAY CAFÉ WITH HOST SEAN TOWNSEND  
(Thursday Evenings - Sponsoring Healing Arts Center in April)
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. The Café is open from 5-10 pm and Open Mic begins at 7:30 pm.  Come out and support Healing Arts Center! Each Thursday in April Doe Bay Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each entree sold to Healing Arts Center. Great food, music and a fantastic cause! Our host this week is Sean Townsend.

DOE BAY CAFE UPCOMING SHOWS: 
Friday, May 6: Live music in the cafe w/ SeaStar! Seattle's premier Celtic folk rock band returns to Doe Bay to perform a quiet acoustic set in the cafe from 7:30 - 9:00 pm. No cover. Reservations recommended!
Saturday, May 7: Seattle singer/songwriter Elijah Sussman kicks things off in the Yoga Studio followed by SeaStar with a full electric performance! 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm in the Doe Bay Yoga Studio. No cover.

INFORMATION: Please, call 360-376-8059
   

MARTINIS & JAZZ 
EVERY THURSDAY, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Moran Lounge 
Join us on Thursdays for a throwback evening of hand-crafted martinis and live jazz with Martin Lund.

INFORMATION: 360-376-2222.
 
 
LIVE MUSIC AT THE DEER HARBOR INN RESTAURANT
(Fridays & Saturdays) 
Come enjoy live piano with Ron Meyers every Friday and Saturday night for dinner and Fried Chicken Dinners on Sundays.  Open for dinner daily from 5 - 9 pm.
 
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-1040 for reservations.
 
  
KARAOKE @ THE LOWER TAVERN
(Fridays @ 9:30 pm) 
Karaoke! You know you want to check it out!
 
INFORMATION: 360-376-4848. 



ROSARIO MUSIC CONCERT AND HISTORICAL NARRATIVE
(Saturdays, 4:00 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 at 360-376-2152, ext. 300
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LIVE MUSIC AT ROSARIO 
(Saturdays at 6:00 - 9:00 pm) 
 Enjoy the incredible guitar playing and smooth vocals of Orcas Island's own Gene Nery in the Moran Lounge.  
     
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222.

 
Classes & Seminars 


NEW SPRING CLASSES AT THE FUNHOUSE!
Please preregister to assure a space for all 8 weeks.
All classes are from 3:30 - 4:30 pm at the Funhouse.
Spring Events:
6th Grade Girls Leadership Group - Join us for 6 weeks of fun and celebrate what it means to be a strong leader. Games, art, skits, and meaningful discussions. Wednesdays, 3:15-4:45 PM, at Salmonberry School. $60. Starts May 4th.
"GET REAL" - This is a leadership group about REAL stuff. REAL talk about REAL relationships, human weirdness, social issues, sexuality, school and life - handled in a safe (and often funny) manner. Facilitated by Beth Jenson LMHC, funded by the Funhouse, designed for (and by) smart, passionate teens that care about being REAL. 7th - 9th graders. Next class May 27th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Funhouse.
"Inspire Orcas" Career/Skill Fair- for high school students looking to be inspired. Coming to Orcas Island High School on May 20 in partnership with the Orcas Island School District, Chamber of Commerce and Funhouse Commons. Stay tuned for more details.
Tuesday, May 3, is GiveBig- On this day all of your donations to Funhouse Commons will have an even greater impact thanks to a generous stretch pool of funds raised by The Seattle Foundation.
One World Music Festival - June 17 & 18.  This show sells out every year so get your tickets early!

INFORMATION: Contact Funhouse Commons: Call 360-376-7177 or visit 

COMMUNITY DANCE CLASS: SALSA!
(Monday, May 2, 7:00 - 9:00 pm @ the Odd Fellows Hall) 
Local instructors are again offering their community dance class on Monday, May 2, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Odd Fellows Hall.  We will offer another session of Salsa with Katie and Jamie.  We will review previous steps and add new ones. Instruction will begin promptly at 7:00 pm followed by dancing at 8:00 pm.  The classes are free and no partner is needed. Learn to dance which is good for your health, well being and ability to relate to others.  Come out and enjoy yourself while learning or improving your knowledge of dance.   

INFORMATION: For further information call Bill at 360-376-8857 or Jean at 360-376-6549

 
"MONEY SMART WEEK" AT ORCAS LIBRARY 
(Monday, April 25 - Monday, May 2) 
The Orcas Island Public Library is presenting our 6th annual Money Smart Week April 25 through May 2. In partnership with the American Library Association and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Money Smart Week programs bring free consumer financial education to the community with workshops on a variety of money topics. This year experts will speak on retirement savings and investing, estate planning basics, budgeting & saving, and IRA retirement accounts. The Friends of the Library provide funding for this valuable educational resource.
Saturday, 4/30, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 
Estate Dos & Don'ts: Learn from true stories of an estate administrator, the pitfalls he encountered and tips to make estate planning and administration easier. Topics include document preparation, health care decisions, choosing the right advisers. 
Monday, 5/2, 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm 
Money Mondays: Do you understand the basics of budgeting, saving, and investing? Unfortunately, surveys have shown that most people do not, and conversations with the fellow islanders have confirmed this. Make no mistake; there is security in being in control of your financial future. Interested? You're invited to join our discussion group. The facilitator will be Michael Kulper, a former CPA & retired college accounting instructor.

INFORMATION: For the full schedule see the Library's website at www.orcaslibrary.org or contact Mary Pugh at the Library: 360-376-4985.


EDC TO OFFER 3 WORKSHOPS:
FREE BUSINESS WORKSHOP ON PRODUCT & SERVICE PRICING
(Tuesday, May 3, 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm @ Lopez Island Fire Department)
The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE workshop on pricing of products & services for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
The workshop course material will be presented by Tony Salas of the Small Business Development Center of Skagit County, and a management consultant for over a decade.  
Salas will cover all aspects of setting prices and ensuring that businesses are profitable.  Participants will learn how service costs impact pricing, how to gauge what competitors are charging (and why), and understanding conversion rates and tiered pricing.
EDC PRESENTS BUSINESS STARTUP 101 WORKSHOP 
(Thursday, May 5, 9:00 - 12:00 noon @ Friday Harbor)
Entrepreneurs are invited to attend the San Juan County Economic Development Council's upcoming FREE half-day workshop entitled "Business Startup 101" on Thursday, May 5th.  Participants will learn the building blocks of starting a successful business from experts in the legal, accounting and banking fields.
The half-day event will be led by local attorneys Peter Goddu and Thomas Sandstrom; Bruce Martin, banker with Islanders Bank; and accountant Chris Compton, from Lake Kennedy McCulloch, CPAs.
Included in the three-hour workshop will be an overview of considerations when starting a new business, creating a business plan, determining a business structure, and a discussion on various types of business entities.
Details: Thursday, May 5, 9:00 - 12:00 noon at the San Juan County legislative meeting room at 55 Second Street in Friday Harbor (next to the San Juan County Elections office). 
EDC PRESENTS: WORKSHOP ON ADVANCED MULTI-TASKING
(Tuesday, May 17, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm @ SJI Library in Friday Harbor)
Do more, work less, and be happy by learning how multitasking wisely can streamline your life and business during this FREE workshop taught by noted management consultant and author Mike Sanders.  
Participants will learn how judicious multitasking can protect us from brain overload and help us to be happier doing what we love.  Included will be free handouts, quick reference cards, and a drawing for books.

INFORMATION: Advance registration is required; please, call 360-378-2906 to reserve your space or email:  info@sanjuansedc.org

 
BRINGING THE GARDEN TO THE WALL 
Saturday, May 7, 2:00 - 5:00 pm @ Olga Community Center [Olga Energenic Club])
A "Natural Materials Assemblage" Workshop
If you like playing with your food and natural things and creating art to boot, intermedia artist, Leah Gauthier, (www.leahgauthier.com) will be conducting a hands-on fun and informative workshop on creating unique art with food (dehydrated or fresh) and items found in nature - combining them all into creations of your own. Some items will be supplied, others will need to be brought with you. In her own words, "I'm interested in states of potential and change. Instincts, systems, patterns, habits - how we all cope are of endless fascination. I farm and forage, dream up notions and brew potions. I seek to engage all of the senses." Leah started growing food as art about 6 years ago. It started with a nectarine in Spain. Find out more about Leah and her art at this fascinating workshop!
Cost: $40 per person - donation to OSC

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-3371 to register - space limited. Visit www.olgastrawberrycouncil.org/workshops.   
 

THE RESTORATION, PROPAGATION, & PRESERVATION OF THE TREASURED MARSHALL STRAWBERRY
 
(Monday, May 9, 2:00 - 4:00 pm @ Olga Community Center [Olga Energenic Club])
Cost: By donation to OSC - all welcome!
Leah Gauthier (www.marshallstrawberry.com ) will be giving a talk about her history with the revival of the Marshall Strawberry, her love affair with all plants and growing things, and her effort to bring the berry "back from the brink and onto our plates." Leah has dedicated the past 8 years of her life to restoring this very special strawberry that was the fruit grown on Orcas and processed in the Strawberry Barreling Plant, now know as the Artworks Building. Some of our local historians who experienced the Marshall era on Orcas Island will be there also to sprinkle the presentation with local lore and insight. This should be a fun afternoon learning about why this berry is so rare and why its era on Orcas was so successful, but short.

INFORMATION: Visit www.olgastrawberrycouncil.org/workshops.


AROMATHERAPY FOR FIDO & FELIX: A "MAKE AND TAKE" CLASS
(Thursday, May 12, 9:30 - 11:00 am)
We all want our pets to feel the best that can, and when they suffer, we suffer! Essential Oils are a potent natural medicine we can use to safely improve the quality of life for our furry family members.
Here's what you'll learn in this class:
~what essential oils are and why they are so powerful
~which essential oils are good for pets and which ones aren't
~how to safely use essential oils with your pets
~Veterinary created aromatherapy recipes for common health concerns: anxiety, itching, bad breath, lumps, cuts, sore muscles, bugs, respiratory issues, seasonal allergies
Class includes supplies to make and take home 1 product of your choice, based on our veterinary-approved recipes.
When: May 12, 9:30 - 11:00 am
Where: 286 Enchanted Forest Road, Suite 101A
Cost: $15

INFORMATION: Contact Stacy Romillah at 360-472-0488 to pre-register.

 
Continuing Art & Museum Shows
 

NEW ARTISTS - NEW SHOW - OPENING PARTY AT THE GALLERY
(Opening Party: Saturday, April 30, 2:00 - 5:00 pm) 
The members of THE GALLERY are pleased to announce THREE NEW ARTISTS who are joining the group: Louellen McCoy, photographer; Jeff Otis, photographer; and Shane Watson, painter and illustrator. 
The new artists will join Betsy Nelson, Bill Trogdon, Barbara Gourley, Mimi Peters, Anne Pedersen, Susan Krieger, Annie Forsythe, and Kathy Youngren as members of the art cooperative.  THE GALLERY is celebrating its third year of operation. 
Come to THE GALLERY in Uptown Eastsound to enjoy an exciting and varied NEW SHOW of original art work including figurative, still life and landscape paintings, some serene and some a bit edgy, and now including innovative photography. It is a stunning collection of work by local artists.   
Everyone is invited to the OPENING PARTY, see the NEW SHOW and meet the NEW MEMBERS: Saturday, April 30, 2:00 - 5:00 pm. 
The GALLERY is located in Uptown Eastsound at 374 North Beach Road, across form Enzo's 
NEW HOURS: Wednesday - Sunday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

 
ART EXHIBITS @ ORCAS CENTER: COLOR STRATA BY SUSAN SLAPIN  
(Friday, April 1 - Wednesday, May 4)
The April art exhibit: Color Strata by Susan Slapin in the lobby gallery and On and Off the Wall by local artists in the Madrona Room.
Madrona Room & Lobby Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.


THE ORCAS ISLAND ARTWORKS 
The Orcas Island Artworks is now open for the 2016 season. Please welcome three fabulous new artists: Robert Dash, photography; Sean Forest Roberts, ceramics; and Ashley Ryder, jewelry. Open daily 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4408.


THIS MONTH'S ARTIST AT WASHINGTON FEDERAL : JEFF BOSSLER
(New art every month) 
Washington Federal's Artist of the Month for April 2016 is Jeff Bossler, owner of Alpine Seaside Landscapes. Jeff has been landscaping properties on Orcas for over 25 years and has recently been revisiting his love of artistic expression, digitally reimagining his early pencil and pen-and-ink drawings and reproducing his digital photographs in several formats, including on textiles. Jeff's wall of colorful leggings has already become a conversation piece! Please come in and enjoy this month's art.

 
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:  Call 360-376-4544

 
ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturdays, 12:00 - 3:00 pm
The Museum office is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Tours can be arranged by appointment.
The Orcas Island Historical Museum is unique in being the only object-based, interpretive heritage facility for the island, with a permanent collection comprised of approximately 6000 objects, paper documents and photographs.
Also, please, click here to read the Museum's 2016 Spring Newsletter.  

INFORMATION:  Call the Museum at 360-376-4849.

 
MORAN MANSION MUSEUM TOURS
(Open Daily 9 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 at 360-376-2152, ext. 300.
 
Public Meetings on Orcas Island

 

San Juan County's public meeting list is found here.


Wednesday, May 4 (5:00 pm). San Juan County Cemetery District #3 (Library) Meets first Wednesday of the month.
 
Thursday, May 5 (3:00 pm). Eastsound Planning Review Committee (Eastsound Fire Station) Meets first Thursday of the month.

Tuesday, May 10  (8:30 am). Orcas Island Public Library Board (Library Meeting Room) Call 360-376-4985 for more information. Meets the second Tuesday of the month.
 
Tuesday, May 10 (3:30 pm). The Friends of the Orcas Island Library Board meeting, Meets every second Tuesday of the month at 3:30. For more information, please, visit our Web site
 
Wednesday, May 11 (1:30 - 3:30 pm).  Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee (Deer Harbor Community Center) Call 360-376-3199 for more info. Public is welcome.Meets the second Wednesday of the month.

Thursday, May 12 (4:00 - 6:00 pm). Orcas Island Park & Recreation District 
(Eastsound Fire Station) Meets second Thursday of the month.

Thursday, May 12 (6:00 pm). Port of Orcas Commissioners (Airport conference room) Meets second Thursday of the month. Call 360-376-5285 for more information.
 

 
 

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

Celia Farr-Smith, Staff 

 

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce 

  

Chamber Signature Box