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New Chamber Member!
Thanksgiving Specials
Events This Week
Shop the Rock
Announcements
Restaurant News
Classes, Seminars, & Workshops
Health and Wellness
Continuing Art & Cultural
Public Meetings


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


Staff 
Lance Evans
Executive Director

Lisa Boyd, Staff
Carol Kulminski, Staff
Madie Murray, 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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PAUL HUBER CREATIVE
(Owner: Paul Huber)
Hello, my name is Paul Huber. I'm a creative and art director, graphic designer, copywriter and branding specialist living and working on beautiful Orcas Island. I create logos, branding, websites, packaging, posters, brochures, naming, invitations, print and digital advertising, signage, T-shirt design, presentations, rack cards, newsletters, and social media assets. My work helps businesses like yours move forward.

Email:  Send an email
Phone: 415-412-8690

Thanksgiving Dinners on Orcas Island

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Deer Harbor Inn 
We will be serving a Traditional 4-Course Thanksgiving Dinner for $35. Open Thanksgiving Day, 4:00 - 7:00 pm Reservations: 360-376-1040.
 
Doe Bay Cafe
We will be serving a 4 course family style thanksgiving feast with an available wine pairing. There will be two seating's, one at 3:00 pm and one at 6:00 pm. The cost is $60 per person before tax(8.1%) and gratuity(20%). Bringing the final total to $76.86 per person. Reservations: 360-376-2291.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Emmanuel Episcopal Church will hold a Community Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner at 5:00 pm. Please call the church for information on what to bring at 360-376-2352.

Inn at Ship Bay 
We will be serving a multi-course dinner with several choices for each course. Dinner Reservations begin at 3:00 pm this year and our last Dinner Reservation will be at 6:30 pm. Cost is $75 per person (pretax & gratuity), children under 12 years old are $38 per person. Reservations required: 360-376-8059.

Odd Fellows 
Odd Fellows will be holding their traditional Community Thanksgiving Dinner at 4:30 pm at the Odd Fellows Hall. See article on the Events page for detailed information on what to bring.  Reservations can be made if your group is 6 or more. For more details, call Bill Gincig 360-376-8857.

Rosario Mansion Restaurant
Kick off the holiday with our popular Thanksgiving Buffet, featuring all your favorite fall dishes and desserts. Click  HERE for full menu. $60 adults (13+); $30 (6-12yrs); free for ages 0-5. Served from 2:00 - 6:00 pm. Reservations required: 360-376-2222 ext. 400.


Planning ahead...

Catkin Cafe taking Thanksgiving Bakery Orders
To place order call 360-376-3242 or email catkincafe@gmail.com.
Pumpkin Pie $22 serves 6:  Chocolate Pecan Pie $28 serves 6-8:  Apple Galette $24 serves 6.  Yukon Gold Potato Rolls $8/ half dozen, $15/ dozen.  
Pick up Wednesday, November 22, between 11:00 - 5:00 pm.

Events This Week & Beyond


WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY @ ORCAS CENTER
(Friday-Saturday, November 17-18, 6:30 pm; Sunday, November 19, 2:00 pm) 
This comedic and fantastical play comes to life with local performers, including Christopher Evans as Willy Wonka and Anwyn Thompson as Charlie Bucket. The story follows young Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Joe as they join a small group of contest winners who get to tour the magical and mysterious factory of eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka. Directed by Didier Gincig, features an all-island cast. The Funhouse Commons is thrilled to be a recipient of proceeds from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Tickets: $12, $10 students.
 
INFORMATION: orcascenter.org, 360-376-2281 x 1
      

MOVIE OF THE WEEK: BATTLE OF THE SEXES 
(Friday - Saturday, November 17-18, 7:30 pm @ Sea View Theater, 234 A St.) 
The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles.  With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past.  PG-13

INFORMATION: Call the Sea View Theater at 360-376-5724                                                                        

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNERS
(November 23, 4:30 pm @ Odd Fellows Hall and 5:00 pm @ Episcopal Church)
The Odd Fellows will be holding their traditional Community Thanksgiving Dinner. We are partnering with the Episcopal Church to ensure no one is turned away.  There will be a Thanksgiving Dinner at the Church beginning at 5:00 pm.  Anyone who cannot join the Odd Fellows are encouraged to attend the dinner at the Episcopal Church. The Odd Fellows request that those attending bring the following suggested potluck contributions based on the beginning letter of your last name: A - H Dessert,      I - L Salad, M - Z Your favorite side dish. Reservations can be made if your group is 6 or more.

INFORMATION: call Bill Gincig at 360-376-8857


COMMUNITY DODGEBALL
(Friday, November 24, 7:00 - 9:30 pm @ High School Gym)
It's almost here - the third best day of the year -- Community Dodgeball!  The Orcas Island Education Foundation and Orcas Park and Rec invite the whole community to an evening of Dodgeball at the High School Gym. Holiday attire STRONGLY encouraged - there will be a PRIZE for the most festive outfit.  An above average bakesale will take place in the concessions stand. $5 suggested donation, all proceeds go to OIEF.  Bring the Relatives!  Bonus points if you bring a college student/islander home for the holiday!

INFORMATION: Susan Stoltz 360-376-7521


WINTER EASTSOUND ART WALK
(Friday, November 24, 12:00 - 4:00 pm @ Eastsound Village)
Crisp fall air, art, food, music and fun! Stroll the streets of Eastsound and enjoy some of the most beautiful art, crafts and artifacts Orcas Island has to offer at 20 various locations around town. Maps available at the Chamber and at participating businesses. 


INFORMATION: Michele Wiley 360-722-2802


THE OLGA SYMPHONY...MORE OR LESS
(Friday-Saturday, November 24-25, 7:30 pm @ Orcas Center)
This Thanksgiving weekend, the Olga Symphony returns to Orcas Center for two nights of music, fun, and fancy clothes. Melinda, Gordon, JP and Anita will be playing all your favorite non-symphonic Olga Symphony works on guitar, bass, fiddle, ukulele, banjo, dobro, saw, shaker, and, of course, voice. The Symphony will be joined by 3 very special guests this year -Tom Rawson, Mandy Troxel, and Mel Urbanozo. Proceeds from the concert and CD sales will be donated to local charities. Tickets are still only $5. 

INFORMATION: tickets available now at orcascenter.org or 360-376-2281 


THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL
(Sunday, November 26, 1:00 pm, Live in HD Center Stage @ Orcas Center)
Orcas Center presents the New York Met's new production of Ad├Ęs's The Exterminating Angel. Join us for the Met, complete with wines offered by the Doe Bay Wine Company. Come and see what the Huffington Post declares: "A spectacular American premiere of one of the most anticipated openings of a new opera in years." The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests cannot escape. Tickets: $20, $15 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members; $5 Subsidized Tickets available at the Box Office.                                                                                                                                                          
INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1, orcascenter.org


A CELTIC CHRISTMAS 
(Friday-Saturday, December 1-2, 7:00-9:00 pm @ Community Church)
Come enjoy an evening of music with Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning, Wendy Goodwin and Eric Miller. Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning: The American/Irish duo's music has become a mainstay in the Contemporary Celtic music genre. Wendy Goodwin:  Wendy joined the trio in 2009 bringing a rich versatility and creative presence honed from many years as a performer and session player in the Pacific Northwest. Eric Miller:Guitarist and singer, songwriter Eric Miller's own music combines genres in a totally re-freshing way, taking American Folk and blending it with the subtleties of Rock, Country, and Blues. He was a wonderful addition to last year's tour and we're delighted to have him join us again. Donations appreciated.

INFORMATION: Register at orcaschurch.org


FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY TEA
(Saturday, December 2, 12:00-3:00 pm @ Orcas Island Library)
This is the 56th year that the Friends of the Library have thanked our Orcas community for their support and participation with a Holiday Tea.  We'll have tea and coffee in silver services, holiday punch, and homemade savories and sweets. Also live music by local musicians, plus a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus at 1:00 pm. 
Care to participate on another level?  We would love to have a plate of your cookies and/or crustless sandwiches to add to the others on the table. Just let the Library know, do your baking and bring the results to the Library on the day of the Tea.

INFORMATION: 360-376-4985


DATAPALOOZA!
(Wednesday, December 6, 10:00-12:00 @ Emmanuel Episcopal Church)
Need more data and information to make knowledgeable decisions about your business or as a community legislator or leader? Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for their second annual Datapalooza! event, two hours of in-depth data and analysis of our economy and demographics, plus brunch and conversation. The presentations will explore our region's economy and demographics - past, present and future - including industry, employment and sales data, and current trends. Tickets are $19 and advance payment is required. 
Please visit sanjuansedc.org/datapalooza to reserve your space.

INFORMATION: call 360-378-2906 or email info@sanjuansedc.org.  


Shop the Rock
 

THANKSGIVING RETAIL WINE SALE 
(Friday and Saturday, November 17 - 18, 12:00-7:00 pm; 
Sunday, November 19, 12:00 - 5:00 pm @ Doe Bay Wine Company)
Doe Bay Wine Company
Join us for a Wine Sale and Tasting as we prepare for Thanksgiving! We will have a collection of wines open to taste, along with cheese from Cheeseland Inc, and everything else (Cider & Beer!) you need for your Thanksgiving feast and the days surrounding it. We will also be partnering with Ship Bay on a special deal for the weekend. When any purchase of wine at our sale you will receive a coupon good for either 15% off a tasting menu or corkage waived on your bottle at Ship Bay on the 17th and 18th. Make your reservations now.

INFORMATION: doebaywinecompany.com


SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY 
(Saturday, November 25 @ Orcas Island Businesses)
When you shop small and local, more of the money you spend stays in the community.  Small Business Saturday is November 25th.  Let's support our community and fellow islanders this season by shopping small and local!

    
TIGER LILY, HEIRLOOM CLOTHING AND TOYS
Come stop by and check out our new inventory! Quality musical instruments, beautiful alpaca knits, handmade dolls and lots more! More added to the sale rack including organic merino wool. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 10:00 -3:00 pm and Sunday 12:00-3:00 pm.
Located at 374 North Beach Rd



INFORMATION: 360-610-1667


ORCAS ISLAND PROPERTY CONCIERGE
Property Management for Owners of Second Homes on Orcas Island 
Attention second homeowners! If your friends or family are using your second home here over the Thanksgiving holiday we will go to your home and look at the inside as well as the yard to make sure your home is set for the holiday arrival: driveways and patios, house cleaning, hospitality items and welcome baskets.
 

INFORMATION:  orcaspropertyconcierge.com  or call 360-376-4833
 

WE CAN'T WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS AT JILLERY! 
Just got carried away and ordered way too much stuff! So, instead of waiting until Black Friday to start our big Christmas Sales, we're starting early! From the 18th of November until the 30th, EVERYTHING will be at least 10% OFF! Selected items, (and there are several), will be 20% to 25% OFF. Always mention the BLAST and you'll receive an extra discount!  Do all of your Christmas shopping at once! There's a lot to choose from: Hand-made jewelry, cozy knit hats, gloves and scarves, candles & votive holders, glassware & kitchenware, wind-up toys & kaleidoscopes. Vegan handbags, African imports, baskets, picture frames, garden art, Christmas ornaments...Open Daily 10:00 to 5:00.

INFORMATION: 360-376-5522 
 

ORCAS ARTS AND GIFTS
Orcas Arts & Gifts will Be OPENING SOON for the holiday season! Your one stop shop for the whole family! Beautiful handmade jewelry for all tastes, t-shirts, hats, mineral specimens, and fun stuff for kids! Affordable stocking stuffers, and the holidays are the perfect time to make a deal! Mention the blast and get 10% off your purchase!
245 Main Street in Eastsound. 

INFORMATION: 360-376-3462

Announcements 


SPECIAL MEETING OF THE LIBRARY BOARD
(Friday, November 17, 1:00 pm @ Library)
The Library Board will hold a Special Meeting to discuss a proposed landscaping pilot project. The meeting will be held in the small group meeting room adjacent to the service desk.
 
INFORMATION: contact Library Director Phil Heikkinen, 360-376-4985, or pheikkinen@orcaslibrary.org, with any questions.


ORCAS ISLAND ROTARY
(Friday, November 17, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm @ Fire Station)
Rotary Club
Orcas Island Rotary meets on Fridays at the Fire Station in Eastsound, 4:30-5:30 p.m.We extend a warm welcome to any visiting Rotarians!



INFORMATION: Jeanne McPherson at 251-716-9598, jeanne@mcpherson-wfdev.com 


SUPPORT MONTESSORI SCHOOL: PURCHASE A WREATH
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Order your Wreath from Orcas Montessori School today!  Pickup your order at Orcas Montessori School between 10 and noon on either November 25th or December 2nd. 24" Wreaths will also be available at our wreath stands located at both Ray's Pharmacy and The Co-op after November 25th. (Cashiers at either location will be able to accept your cash or check.)
 
INFORMATION: to place your order go to orcasmontessori.org/shop, email wreaths@orcasmontessori.org, or call 360-376-5880


DRIVE TO BAG HUNGER
Drive to Bag Hunger is happening now through the Holiday Season at your Island Market! Please donate non-perishable food items or donate at the register.
Your $10 donation buys a bag of food that will be delivered to your local food bank. Look for display in the store. All cash and food donations will go to support the local Orcas Island Food Bank.
 

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE
Come support our community by donating nonperishable goods Monday through Friday 8:00 -5:00 pm at San Juan Insurance,19 Fishing Alley, Ste B. All proceeds will be donated to the Orcas Island Food Bank. We will be accepting non-perishable items now through December 20. Let's help those in need! 

INFORMATION: call 360-376-2141


GRAND OPENING WEEKEND AT THE EXCHANGE 
(Friday- Sunday, November 24-25 , 10:00 am @ 3398 Orcas Rd)
The new Exchange reuse facility on Orcas Island will re-open November 24, 'Black Friday'. This will kick-off a Grand-Opening Weekend, that will run through Sunday. Hot dogs and cider will be served at lunch, and The Exchange will be offering a junk-craft workshop for kids. While everyone involved with the new Exchange is excited about the opening, everyone also shares a common concern: The expected tidal wave of materials the community wants to donate. Therefore, reservations will be required for all drop-offs through the end of 2017. The Exchange's reservation calendar is on their website: exchangeorcas.org.

INFORMATION: 360-376-4089


FIRST TOWN HALL MEETING-PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT 
(Thursday, November 30, 5:30-7:00 pm @Eastsound Fire Station) 
The Coalition for Orcas Health Care (COHC) wants to hear from as many folks in the community as possible.  Toward that goal, it has planned four Town Hall-style meetings over the next few months to hold a community conversation about the proposed Public Hospital District. The first two meetings will be to share general information, the third to provide information about Public Hospital Districts and how they work.  The fourth will allow commissioner candidates to make their case before the public. Click HERE to see the schedule for more meetings.
 


LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD
Please participate in the Department of Community Development's online survey regarding the Comprehensive Plan Vision Statement. Community input is vital to ensure that the Vision Statement reflects the aspirations of all county residents. This survey gives residents another way to participate in shaping the 2036 Comprehensive Plan Vision Statement. See survey here. It will be available until November 30.
Additional information about the survey and the Comprehensive Plan Update can be found on the Department of Community Development website at:

INFORMATION: call Adam Zack at (360) 370-7580, email adamz@sanjuanco.com

Restaurant News & Dining Deals
(Check Restaurant Guide for current days and times)
 

MIJITAS
Mijitas is now open 6 days a week!! Monday - Saturday 4:00 pm. 
Happy Hour 4:00 - 5:30 pm.

INFORMATION: 360-376-6722


L'ECOLE No 41 WINE DINNER AT THE MANSION RESTAURANT
(Friday, December 8, 6:00 pm @ Rosario Mansion Restaurant) 
L'Ecole No 41 is at the forefront of sustainable farming in the Walla Walla Valley. Its numerous accolades include being honored as "Winery of the Year" for fourteen consecutive years by Wine & Spirits Magazine. Reserve early as this event is sure to sell out!  $99 standard room rates available for Wine Dinner guests. 

INFORMATION: Reservations: 360-376-2222 ext. 400
 
 
DEER HARBOR INN RESTAURANT
The Deer Harbor Inn Restaurant is open every night at 5:00 pm. There is a Fried Chicken special on Sunday nights. For information about catering send an email to carp@rockisland.com
 
 
INFORMATION: call  360-376-1040


THE ORCAS HOTEL 
Serving Prime Rib Dinners every Wednesday in the Octavia Restaurant starting at 4:30 pm. Cafe open every day from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm for the convenience of locals and travelers riding the ferry.
 
INFORMATION: 360-376-4300
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OPEN MIC:

Tuesdays at 9:00 pm; Lower Tavern
Serving up pub fare, great beer, and good times. Stop by for a delicious meal, or just a drink.
 
 
Wednesdays at 7:30 pm; Random Howse
Random Howse OPEN MIC for all ages on our great stage.
Piano available for you pianists!
 



 
Thursdays at 7:30 pm; Doe Bay Cafe  
Open Mic begins at 7:30 pm. Come out and support Farm to Cafeteria/Classroom! Each Thursday in November, Doe Bay Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each entree sold to Farm to Cafeteria/Classroom. Great food, music and a fantastic cause! This week our host is River Augenstein.


KARAOKE & LIVE MUSIC:


LIVE MUSIC AT DOE BAY
(Friday, November 17, 7:30 -9:00 pm @ Doe Bay Cafe)
Live music in the cafe w/ New Orleans prodigy Stephanie Nilles!  No cover. Reservations recommended.

INFORMATION: 360-376-8059


LIVE MUSIC AT ROSARIO RESORT 
(Thursday, November 23, 11:00 am @ Rosario) 
Special Thanksgiving Organ Concert  at 11:00 am
 
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222


KARAOKE 
(Fridays at 9:30 pm; Lower Tavern) 
Karaoke! You know you want to check it out!   
 
INFORMATION: 360-376-4848
   
  
LIVE MUSIC WITH GENE NERY
(Saturdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ Rosario) 
Gene Nery is a guitarist/vocalist from Vancouver, British Columbia. After performing extensively around the world on Princess Cruises, he is currently performing at Rosario Resort in the Moran Lounge every Saturday.  

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222

 
   
Classes, Seminars & Workshops


ONLINE SECURITY AND PASSWORD 
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Free Class
(Tuesday, November 21, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm @ Orcas Library)
This class will focus on forming good online habits which includes how to easily manage all those darn passwords. Learn how to create secure passwords and get tips on how to organize them.  We will also discuss what to avoid online, how to spot security issues you may run across and how to secure yourself and your family from attacks.  Malicious Software that tries to steel your computer and data, known as Malware, is on the rise. We will discuss malware prevention and response if you see something that does not look right. Offered for free, no sign up required, just come to the Library, everyone is welcome. Presented by RockTech Trainers, these interactive classes are fun and informative for the 'non-tech savvy'

INFORMATION:  rockisland.com


LEADERSHIP SAN JUAN CLASS XIV 
(Applications due Monday, November 27 at 5:30 pm)
Sessions help participants develop facilitative leadership skills and an improved understanding of how local organizations, both public and private, work together in the islands. Our five-month program includes 11 Program Days, including Orientation, Skills-building Retreats, Challenge Days, and Graduation and 1 Service Project Day when participants participate in a small group service project - determined on the focus of your group. College credits are available through Skagit Valley College. Tuition is $750, plus a $50 Application Fee. Payment plans and scholarships are available. Find an application at www.lsji.org.

INFORMATION: Vivette Bordas 253-653-5213


EDC TO OFFER FREE CONSTRUCTION BASICS TRAINING
(Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 28-February 1 @ Orcas Island High School)
The San Juan County Economic Development Council will offer free training in construction basics this winter. The course will be taught at Orcas Island High School by Vocational and Woodworking Instructor Brett McFarland. The training is geared for high school students and young adults, and will include core construction skills, tool usage, safety and more.  Instruction is open and free to all participants from San Juan County.  The course will run after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from November 28 through February 1, 3:30-5:30 pm. There is no cost for training; pre-registration and a $10 filing fee is required.The deadline to apply is November 17th.
 
INFORMATION: Apply at  sanjuansedc.org/trades


EDC OFFERS FREE BUSINESS LAW 101 WORKSHOP
(Wednesday, November 29, 10:00-11:30 am @ Heritage Bank, Friday Harbor)
 Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to gain a better understanding of how law impacts a business. In this free workshop, participants will learn about real estate law, contracts, business entities, licensing, hiring, and much more. 
Advanced registration is required: info@sanjuansedc.org.

INFORMATION: 360-378-2906


STATE PARKS HOLD WORKSHOP TO CONSIDER BOUNDARY CHANGES 
(Wednesday, November 29, 6:00 - 8:00 pm @ Eastsound Fire Hall)
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is beginning a public process to consider expanding the long-term park boundaries of Moran and Obstruction Pass state parks on Orcas Island. There will be a public workshop scheduled for November 29.  At the meeting, State Parks staff will provide background on the parks and their current and proposed future long-term park boundaries.
Opportunities for public comment will be available at the meeting, and public comment also may be provided by contacting Sanh Ho, Park Planner, (360) 902-8645 or sanh.ho@parks.wa.gov or parks.state.wa.us

INFORMATION: more about the planning project is available online at bit.ly/MoranPlan


Health and Wellness

 
NOVEMBER SAVINGS AT OMARI BEAUTY BAR
(Friday, November 17-30 @ Omari Beauty Bar) 
Enjoy $10 off Any Facial! We are celebrating the spirit of giving all month long! Reserve any one of our lovely facials throughout the month of November and receive $10 off. Gear up for the holiday season with our deluxe Pumpkin Spice Facial, indulge in some extra me-time with the Signature Revitalizing Facial, or experience a deeper clean with the Ultimate Detox Facial. All facials are customized to individual skin types and conditions.

INFORMATION: call or text 360-378-7638 or visit us online at OmariBeautyBar.com


VOICE OF TRUTH WORKSHOP WITH KATIE GRAY
(Sunday, November 19, 11:00 - 6:00 pm @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio) 
By learning to understand shame and judgement, we can begin to speak our individual and honest truth. We then replace fear with Love and welcome a deeper sense of trust in ourselves and one another.Through motivational speaking, group exercises and guided meditation, Katie will offer new perspectives and an exciting glimpse into a "life with vocal freedom". For Women only. By Donation138 North Beach Road.



WINE AND UNWIND
(Tuesday, November 21, 5:30-6:45 pm @ Orcas Athletic Club)
Join us in our first ever Wine and Unwind event!  Susie will introduce you to the foundations of yoga. A mindful mix of stillness and movement to strengthen, stretch and rejuvenate the body and mind.  The class will include a guided wine tasting with a focus on sensory evaluations and grounded connections with Stephanie from Doe Bay Wine Company.  $30.00  All levels welcome. 15% off Doe Bay Wine Company to all participants. Must be 21 or older.

INFORMATION: Please pre-register at OAC front desk, Space is limited
 

YOGA FOR GRATITUDE CLASS ON THANKSGIVING DAY
(Thursday, November 23, 9:30 - 11:00 am @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio) 
With a Grateful Heart, we celebrate the beautiful and dedicated Community we have on Orcas Island. Join us this Thanksgiving morning for a special Gratitude Mandala Flow. All Welcome. Class is By Donation. 138 North Beach Road.

INFORMATION: orcasmandala.com


COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC
(Sunday, November 26, 1:00 - 5:00 pm @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio) 
Walk into Wellness! Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio will host a Community Acupuncture Clinic on with Danielle Dyer of Heal~Flow Acupuncture. Treatments will be based in Japanese constitutional acupuncture, which seeks to treat our root imbalances through fewer needles and gentle techniques.Treatments will be sliding scale $20-50. No appointment necessary. 138 North Beach Road.

INFORMATION: orcasmandala.com


Continuing Art & Museum Shows


GALLERY SHOW:
THE ANIMAL WORLD: Feathers, Scales, and Fur
(Tuesday-Friday, Now through December 3, 10:00- 5:00 pm @ Orcas Center)
This exhibit will showcase all animals;  Feathers, Scales, Fur. The works on display may be offered for sale if the artist so chooses. This show will be in both the LOBBY GALLERY AND MADRONA ROOM. 
 



INFORMATION:  call Ann Jones at 376-6140 or Joan Fletcher at 376-5807
 

SAN JUAN ISLAND MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBIT
(Opening Reception Friday, November 17, 5:00 - 8:00 pm @ SJIMA, Friday Harbor)
 "Cracking the Surface " features emerging and established local artists (some from Orcas Island) expressing the beauty, identity, authenticity and connectedness of our community. Exhibit runs November 18 to January 8.

INFORMATION: sjima.org or call 360-370-5050


ART COLLECTORS INVITED TO DISPLAY AT ORCAS CENTER
(Intake Wednesday, November 29, 10:00 - 2:00 pm, @ Orcas Center)
Art collectors are invited to participate in the upcoming unique show of "Art from Around the World", featuring works of art assembled by local residents sharing some of their favorite pieces of indigenous art. Items will encompass original creations from the Caribbean to Asia, Europe, North and South America, Africa, India and beyond. The display can include paintings, sculptures, textiles. masks, and other interesting native creations, and stories about where and how your art was found are a welcome addition. A reception for public viewing will be on Friday, December 1, from 5:30 pm . This unusual show reflects the wide-ranging interest of our Orcas community and will remain open to the public at Orcas Center through December 22. 

INFORMATION: Kathy at 360-472-0824, or Heidi at 360-376-4528. 


THE ORCAS ISLAND ARTWORKS AND CATKIN CAFE
The Orcas Island Artworks Gallery is a favorite Orcas destination housed in a historic building on the island's East side. Built in 1938 as a strawberry barreling plant, the lovingly restored landmark now showcases the best of our island's crafts and fine arts.Open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 
Catkin Cafe is open Wednesday-Sunday, 9:00 am-3:00 pm. 

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4408  
 
 
ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUMS
The Pioneer Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm or by appointment. Admission is by donation, there is a craft table for children to enjoy, and a great selection of Gift Shop items. Come and experience the special exhibit of "Presenting Orcas Voices" at the Pioneer Museum. The Crow Valley School is open by appointment.

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4849 or visit orcasmuseums.org
 
 
MORAN MANSION MUSEUM TOURS
(Open Daily 8:00 am - 9:00 pm)
The Mansion is open to the public for a self-guided tour from 8:00 am - 9:00 pm daily.  The tour is free.  
 
INFORMATION: Call Rosario at 360-376-2152


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
 
 
 
Public Meetings on Orcas Island

 
San Juan County's public meeting list is found here.
Wednesday, December 13 (8:30 am). Orcas Island Public Library Board (Library Meeting Room) Call 360-376-4985 for more information. Meets the second Wednesday of the month.

Wednesday, December 13 (4:00 pm).  Deer Harbor Hamlet Plan Review Committee (Deer Harbor Fire Station 24 on Channel Road) Call 360-376-3199 for more info. Public is welcome. Meets the second Wednesday of the month. 
 
    Photo by Kate Long

The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce works daily to support our community's businesses and organizations.  Please support Chamber of Commerce members when making your buying decisions.  The value of a dollar spent locally cannot be overstated.  Think Local - Buy Local - Orcas First!

The Chamber of Commerce is happy to answer any questions you have about our beautiful island!  

 

Lance Evans, Executive Director

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce

  

Lisa Boyd, Staff

Carol Kulminski, Staff 

Madie Murray, Staff

Barb Buman, Volunteer

Michele Wiley, Volunteer

 

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce 

  

Chamber Signature Box 

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 252, 65 North Beach Road, Eastsound, WA 98245
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