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

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Lance Evans
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Heather Johnson, staff
Lisa Boyd, staff
Michele Wiley, volunteer
Carol Owens, volunteer 
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65 North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
Office: (360) 376-2273
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The clock is ticking!  It's time for Chamber Members (and would-be members) to sign up for their listing in this year's Visitor Guide & Business Directory.

Just download a sign-up form (click here) ... fill it out ... and return to the Chamber with your payment.  There is a $15 discount when the form is returned to us by Friday, February 6!  Don't delay!

We close the sign-up period on Friday, February 20.  We don't want to miss you!  Call the Chamber if you have any questions.

 

The Chamber Welcomes A New Member!

Curious Flora 
(Owner: Sarah Mikolowsky) 
Curious Flora is a small scale flower-growing operation and floral design studio. We use all locally sourced botanicals to create arrangements that exhibit the landscape and seasonal moods of the islands. Specialties include weddings, workshops & custom subscriptions for weekly bouquets throughout the blooming season. 
                                           
Phone:
(206) 462-9987
 

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Call to Artists - Orcas Island BirdFest

All Things Birds and Beautiful art show and sale is part of the annual Orcas Island BirdFest and is dedicated to supporting the arts and science of birds, through the relationship of artistic expression, public education and grassroots scientific endeavors inspired by birds.  All Things Birds and Beautiful is a juried exhibition and online art sale celebrating the very best of contemporary creative expression and innovation in diverse media that focuses specifically on birds. All Things Birds and Beautiful art exhibit will be held in the Victoria Room of the Outlook Inn April 30 - May 3, 2015 and the online sale will run the month of May (website to be announced soon).

Orcas Island BirdFest is Birds, Arts & Science in the San Juan Islands.  A celebration of birds!  Nature tours, workshops, art exhibit and a scientific symposium; all focusing on the health and wonder of birds with grassroots solutions.  Orcas Island offers an unforgettable experience showcasing the natural splendor of the San Juan Islands.  The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce hosts BirdFest and will be held in Eastsound, Washington April 30th - May 3rd, 2015.  Visit www.OrcasIslandBirdFest.com

Application for this juried show must be done online through Juried Art Service.  To view the prospectus and to apply to All Things Birds and Beautiful click here
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Events This Week & Beyond


SALISH SEA EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL CONCERT: WINDS OF THE BAROQUE
(Thursday, January 22, 7 pm @ Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church)
Our second Salish Sea Early Music Festival performance in Eastsound on January 22 features two double-reed stars: famed Lopez Island baroque oboe performer and maker Sand Dalton, and Tacoma native and Ithaca NY resident Anna Marsh who is constantly in flight from one baroque bassoon performance to another with orchestras and groups all around the country and in Canada, with harpsichordist Jonathan Oddie and Jeffrey Cohan playing baroque flute. We hope to provide a completely new impression of what "bassoon", "oboe" and "flute" mean in the baroque context: sweet and warm, with fuller textures and a high degree of supple flexibility.
Suggested donation $15, $20 or $25  *  18 and under free, university students $5  *  www.salishseafestival.org

INFORMATION: 107 Enchanted Forest Rd in Eastsound,(360) 376-6683


NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: TREASURE ISLAND @ ORCAS CENTER
(Thursday, January 22 at 7:30 pm) 
Robert Louis Stevenson's story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre. It's a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper's granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor's feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in - and her dangerous voyage begins. 
$18, $13 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members

INFORMATION:  360-376-2281 x1


MOVIE OF THE WEEK -  THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
(Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm @ Sea View Theatre)
The Theory of Everything is the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. Little was expected from Stephen Hawking, a bright but shiftless student of cosmology, given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age. He became galvanized, however, by the love of fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde, and he went on to be called the successor to Einstein, as well as a husband and father to their three children. Over the course of their marriage as Stephen's body collapsed and his academic renown soared, fault lines were exposed that tested the lineaments of their relationship and dramatically altered the course of both of their lives. RATED PG-13
See Trailer here.

INFORMATION: 234 A St, 376-5724

 

 

SALMON DERBY - HISTORIC WINTER COMPETITION
(Saturday/Sunday, January 24/25)
American Legion Post #93 will be hosting their 36th Annual Fishing Derby the weekend of January 23rd-25th. Registration for the derby is from 4 - 11 p.m. on Friday, January 23rd, at the Post home (793 Crescent Beach Dr., Eastsound). $50.00 per person; all parties on the boat must be registered.
First prize for the largest fish is $1,100.00. All registered fisherpersons are eligible to participate in the door prize drawing Saturday night, after the final weigh-in of that day. All great door prizes are donated by many local businesses.
Food will be available all three days. Burgers on Friday night, Spaghetti dinner on Saturday night, and Pulled Pork dinner on Sunday night. Bring the family and check out the potential winning fish. Prizes for the winning fish will be awarded after the final weigh-in on Sunday.
Come join in the fun! See you there. All proceeds from the derby go towards supporting the Post's ongoing local and veteran projects.

INFORMATION: (360) 376-4987 or visit www.orcaspost93.org


AMERICAN LEGION HOLDS MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
(Saturday, January 24 from 3 - 10 pm @ American Legion Post #93)
The public is invited to visit the post and talk with members of the Post, Auxiliary, and Sons units.
  • The American Legion post members are veterans who have served in the military during recognized military action periods. The post is very active in providing support to veterans and the various organizations that provide services to the veterans.They are also active in the community and also award two to four scholarships each year to graduating seniors.
  • The American Legion auxiliary members are wives, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, granddaughters, great granddaughters, and sisters of veterans eligible to belong to an American Legion Post. The primary function of this group of women is to assist the American Legion Post #93 in their endeavors and to provide aid to other veterans.
  • The S.A. L (Sons of the American Legion) members are men that have served in the military in non-war periods or who have a parent or grandparent that have served during recognized military action periods.The Sons host various fundraisers throughout the year to give help and support to the community and the post.
All three units have members in the Color Guard, which serves at memorial services and funerals, marching in parades, and provides support for other veteran activities.

The American Legion Post #93, Auxiliary Unit #93, and SAL Squadron #93 invite you to become a member and join the team that makes the kind of difference in our community that the American Legion is well known for.


'ORCAS HAS TALENT':  ADULT AUDITIONS & JR COMPETITION SHOWS
(Saturday January 24 @ 7:30 pm & 2 pm @ The Grange Stage)
Auditions for "Orcas Has Talent 2015" are coming right up at the Grange stage where 8 talented performers (15yrs & up) will win a "Golden Ticket" allowing them to compete in the Finale Show at the Orcas Center on Feb. 7th. Finale show prizes are $500. for 1st prize, $200. for 2nd prize and $100. for 3rd  prize!   Orcas Has Talent is a fun, light hearted version of the popular television show "America's Got Talent."   The Orcas Has Talent Jr. competition show happens at 2:00pm where everyone will win a prize and the 1st prize winner takes home $50. and the chance to compete with the adults in the Finale Show.  Great family entertainment. Ticket:  $10/adults  $5.00/kids available at the door.   All net proceeds will benefit Point Blank high school leadership group.

INFORMATION:  376-5860


UKE-A-PALOOZA @ ORCAS CENTER
(Saturday, January 24 at 7:30 pm)
Uke-a-palooza is a festival of all things ukulele! An extravaganza of local musicians - young and old will be performing. Bring the whole family and enjoy the fun!
For more information, please check out our Facebook page. Tickets $10, $5 students.

INFORMATION:  360-376-2281 x1


AMERICAN LEGION PANCAKE BREAKFAST
(Sunday, January 25 from 8 am - 12 pm @ American Legion Hall)
Public Welcome - Pancake Breakfast served last Sunday of each month at the Orcas American Legion Hall!  793 Crescent Beach Dr, Eastsound.

INFORMATION: Contact Name: Mel Winsor - 376-4019

  

GLOW - TEEN DANCE PARTY 

(Friday, January 30 from 6 - 10 pm @ The Funhouse)

7th-12th grade. Come light up the dark winter night! The theme is Neon Glow-in-the-Dark. Dancing, friends, games, food and more!  

Want to help out? Email kim@thefunhouse.org   

 

 

JP AND THE OK RHYTHM BOYS PLAY EXCHANGE FUNDRAISER
(Friday, January 30 at 7 pm, Music Room, Rosario Resort)

JP, Gordon, and Anita promise an evening of great music in a great venue for a great cause. Enjoy swing, hoe-downs, jazz standards, waltzes, fiddled-up 60s rockers, originals, and more, all done in the inimitable JP and the OKRBs style. Fiddle, guitar, bass, vocals, and the occasional uke, mando, saw, maybe even banjo. You can check out their music at www.jpandtheokrhythboys.com. Why not make an evening of it - to book dinner reservations before the show, contact Rosario at 376-2222. Admission to the concert will be by donation at the door - suggested donation $15/person, but as it is a fundraiser, of course more is welcome! A special night of fun and tunes in an amazing setting, not to be missed! 

 

 

LATIN CLUB NIGHT @ RANDOM HOWSE
(Friday, January 30 from 9 pm)
The best of Latin dance music. 21+, No Cover.


INFORMATION:  376-1111  

 

 

BOOK SIGNING: ERICA EKREM @ DARVILL'S BOOKSTORE
(Saturday, January 31 from 2 - 3:30 pm)
Come celebrate the release of Bound, a collection of over 20 Vintage, Nature, and Leather book- binding projects by local bookbinder and graphic designer Erica Ekrem.Bound also features the work of local photographer Satya Curcio who collaborated with Erica to shoot the book's images with props and spaces generously provided by fellow islanders.
Join the author and photographer and pick up your signed copy of Bound at Darvill's Bookstore.Purchase a copy of the book from Darvill's for a chance to win a hand-stitched journal from Erica's shop.


INFORMATION:  For more info visit- www.odelae.com

 

 

RUNNER'S NIGHT OUT ON ORCAS
(Saturday, January 31 from 6 - 9 pm @ Random Howse)
It's the first ever Runners' Night Out on Orcas! event. After the 25k race, the dinner-theater-style Random Howse in Eastsound is ready to welcome Rainshadow's trail runners and friends for an evening of celebration and camaraderie.  The fabulous Martin Lund will perform a mix of rock and roll, swing, jazz and blues with his hand-picked quartet starting at 6 pm. Joining him are Gene Nery, guitar/vocals, Tony Morales, drums, and Dean Hodges, electric bass.
Runners and non-runners can reserve a place for this special evening. $20 in advance or at the door.  Early reservations are advised.
Sponsored by Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival with helpful funding from the San Juan County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee and co-promotion with the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce.
Pairing music with food will be Chef and Culinary Artist Bill Patterson, who is
offering a special menu, from $12-$30, showcasing his famous Rustic Italian Cuisine.


INFORMATION: For reservations/info email joyce@oicmf.org or call 376-6636  

 

 

MARIACHI HUENACHI @ ORCAS CENTER
(Saturday, January 31 at 6:30 pm)
Mariachi Huenachi is a renowned Wenatchee High School troupe that has been featured nationally on FOX, ABC Networks, and the CBS Evening News, and has earned a reputation as the best high school mariachi in the State of Washington. They have performed for the Seahawks, the Mariners, the Chivas de Guadalajara games, Washington State University, University of Idaho, the Folklife Festival, EMP, and before Government Leaders at the State Capitol, and have shared the stage with Mexican icons Los Tigres Del Norte, and have opened for international names such as Mariachi Vargas, Joan Sebastian, Gloria Trevi, and comedian George Lopez.
Click here for a YouTube video spotlighting their talent. Tickets $10, $5 students.

INFORMATION:  360-376-2281 x1

  

 

THE MET: LIVE IN HD - OFFENBACH'S LES CONTES D'HOFFMAN (THE TALES OF HOFFMAN) @ ORCAS CENTER
(Sunday, February 1 at 1:00pm)
The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach's operatic masterpiece, in the Met's wild, kaleidoscopic production. Soprano Hibla Gerzmava faces the operatic hurdle of singing all three heroines - each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann's desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score. Tickets$18, $13 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members.

INFORMATION:  360-376-2281 x1  

 

 

LECTURE: SAILING TO PALMYRA: A NOVICE SAILOR FINDS MEANING IN LIFE THROUGH CRABS, ANTS AND THE MAGELLANIC CLOUD
(Monday, February 2, 7 pm @ Emmanuel Parish Hall)
Susan Scott, a marine life columnist for the Honolulu Star and author of 6 books about nature in Hawaii, will be giving a talk on her latest adventure "Sailing to Palmyra: A novice sailor finds meaning in life through crabs, ants and the Magellanic Cloud". Her presentation, sponsored by Sail Orcas is free to the public.
Scott is on a book tour promoting her latest book Call Me Captain: A Memoir of a Woman at Sea.  In her book she shares the storms and gear failures of offshore sailing, the confusion of midlife changes and shifting marriage roles, and the magnificent world of marine biology.

 

   

COMMUNITY DANCE LESSONS @ ODD FELLOWS HALL
(Monday, February 2 from 7 - 9 pm)
Local instructors are again offering their community dance class on at the Oddfellows Hall.  It will be Cha Cha and a review of Salsa.  Instruction will begin promptly at 7 pm followed by dancing at 8 pm.  The classes are free and no partner is needed.  Come out and enjoy yourself while learning to dance.

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


B-I-N-G-O!!!  
(Thursday, February 5 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm @ American Legion Hall)
Please join us at the American Legion the 1st Thursday of every month:  from 5:30-7:30 pm. Concessions are Available, 50˘ per game, split the pot winnings.. Sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion benefiting Kaleidoscope Preschool & Childcare Center. IF YOU WEAR YOUR KALEIDOSCOPE TEE-SHIRT YOUR FIRST GAME OF BINGO IS FREE!


VALENTINE'S DANCE @ ODD FELLOWS
(Saturday, February 14 from 8 pm - 12 am)
The Oddfellows will be holding a Valentine Dance on Feb 14, from 8 pm until midnight at the Oddfellows Hall.  The music will be provided by DJ Bruce Pavitt and will cater to all ages.  It will consist of Ballroom, Latin, Rock, Soul and Hip Hop.  The cost of the dance is $10 dollars and is a fund raiser for the Oddfellows Scholarship and Community Giving Fund. This will be an evening that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.  Come and enjoy the first big dance of the year.


High School Basketball Home Games

Orcas High Vikings Girls & Boys Home Games
January 24: LaConner (2:30 pm Boys; 4 pm Girls)
January 30: Concrete (2 pm Boys; 3:30 pm Girls)
February 10: Auburn Adventist (1 pm Girls; 2:30 pm Boys)

Orcas Christian Saints Girls & Boys Home Games
January 26: Lummi (3:30 pm Girls; 5 pm Boys)
January 27: Tulalip (3:30 pm Girls; 5 pm Boys)
January 29: PCCS (5:30 pm Boys)
February 2: Arlington-Highland (3:30 pm Girls)


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A WORD FROM JILLERY.......
(January Hours: Friday - Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm)
JILLERY is STUFFED.  January and February are the trade show months when we travel a lot to find new, unique items to restock the shop for the upcoming season.  This year, we have WAY TOO MUCH STUFF left over from last season.  It's all GOOD STUFF....but there's no room to put the NEW and DIFFERENT STUFF. So, we're having our BIGGEST SALE ever thie weekend.  The sale is for local residents and readers of the Blast ONLY, and will not be advertised anywhere other than here. MANY items are on sale, including scarves, ponchos, gloves, hats, handbags, garden art, jewelry, candles, and glassware...with holiday sale signs still up...from 20% off to 50% off.  But now, but if you are a local resident or you mention the Blast, you will get an ADDITIONAL 10% off your entire purchase.  Our frequent shoppers know that our prices are already extremely reasonable.  This sale brings down many prices down to below wholesale.  So come on in and help us get rid of a lot of this STUFF.  If you find some great stuff that ISN'T on sale, this would be a good time to play "Let's Make a Deal", because reasonable offers will definitely be considered.  We'll be open 10 am until 5 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  We're closed for cleaning and painting Mondays through Thursdays this month, but if we're here and you bang on the door, we'll let you in anyway.


HEALING ARTS CENTER VALENTINE'S GIFT CERTIFICATE SALE
(Our biggest sale of the year -- one more time!)
$15 off all Gift Certificates purchased between February 1 - 14.
Resolving to take better care of yourself this year?  Why not treat your sweet with a treatment at The Healing Arts Center.  Give the gift of an experience they'll remember and take $15 off our regular priced gift certificates. That's $60 for a one hour treatment or $95 for 90 minutes of massage, acupuncture, and more; with a practitioner of your choice.  Stop by the Healing Arts Center or call 376-4002.  Someone is usually available from 9-5, Monday through Friday, or purchase your gift certificate on the web at orcashealingarts.com


LAST CHANCE TO ENJOY OUR SAN JUANS/INSIDE PASSAGE TOURS AT 2014 PRICES!
(Emerald Isle Sailing Charters)
We have held our prices down for several years, but we are finally needing to raise them to keep up with steadily increasing overhead.
We have extended your window of opportunity through January 31st, and are offering a final chance to allow you to book a 2015 tour in the San Juans, or Inside Passage at our old prices!
Just email us here if you would like to experience the depth of beauty, wildlife, and relaxation our cruises offer, at this lower rate! Hope to see you on the water!  (##)

INFORMATION: www.emeraldislesailing.com, 360-376-3472 or 866-714-6611


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Restaurant News & Dining Deals

 

 

THIS WEEK @ THE KITCHEN.....

(Thursday/Friday) 

Special MRF Salad with Salmon or Veggie Pate! After last week's special of fried chicken and mashed potatoes it's time for a salad!
This week we have Maple Rock Farm mixed greens, mixed Kitchen veggies and fresh herbs tossed in lemon-garlic vinaigrette. Garnished with dried cranberries, slivered tamari almonds, pickled red onion and cornbread croutons. Served with fresh herbed salmon salad - 16  or  Mushroom-nut Pate -15. See you soon!

INFORMATION:  376-6958  

 

     

THE LOFT AT MADRONA TO OPEN FOR VALENTINE'S DAY WEEKEND!
(Friday - Sunday , February 13 - 15)
This is a special opening just for your Valentine, so call now for reservations.
Call the Madrona @ 376-7171 or email madronagrill@hotmail.com to make your reservations! To preview the menu visit our website www.madronaloft.com (##)

  

Continuing Restaurant Specials


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

INFORMATION:  376-7171


PRIME RIB THURSDAYS @ ORCAS HOTEL
(Prime Rib special every Thursday night!)

Choice prime rib served with organic vegetables, baked potato, au jus, and creamy horseradish. Full menu is still available and we have vegetarian options as well.
Have your Christmas party at the hotel and we will cook up a prime rib on any night of the week!

INFORMATION:  376-4300 
 

LIVE MUSIC @ ROSARIO 
(Saturday 6-9 pm) 
Enjoy the incredible guitar playing and smooth vocals of Orcas Island's own Gene Nery. 

INFORMATION: 360-376-2222


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

INFORMATION: 376-2222 
 

 

 

LIVE MUSIC @ THE DEER HARBOR INN RESTAURANT

(Fridays & Saturdays)

Come hear the sounds of Flamenco Guitar with Farhad Hanjan on Fridays and enjoy Live Piano with Ron Meyers every Saturday night for dinner and Fried Chicken Dinners on Sundays.  Open for dinner daily from 5 - 9 pm.

 

INFORMATION: Call 376-1040 for reservations
 
 
Announcements


SOROPTIMISTS OFFERING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY AWARD
This award will help women of San Juan County in overcoming financial difficulties and bettering their lives through education and training. To apply, please visit the Soroptimist International of Friday harbor website at www.sifri.org. Applications are due by February 15, 2015. (#)


CELEBRATE RECOVERY on ORCAS ISLAND
(Friday, January 23 from 6:30 pm @ Senior Center)
Celebrate Recovery is a faith-based program open to everyone with hurts, habits or hang-ups. There is no such thing as a perfect person. Everyone is recovering from something and we all need hope, this week's topic, to achieve victory over our struggles.  Be encouraged and benefit from a proven program.
See Celebrate Recovery's website at www.celebraterecovery.com.

INFORMATION:  Email Celebrate.Recovery.Orcas@gmail.com or you can phone Paul at 360-376-3273


AUDITIONS FOR THE MIRACLE WORKER @ ORCAS CENTER'S BLACK BOX
(Sunday, January 25 from 2 - 4 pm and Monday, January 26 from 6 - 8 pm)
Director Robert Hall is holding auditions for The Miracle Worker: written by William Gibson, directed by Robert Hall, and based on Helen Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life. This touching production will run March 12-14 and 19-21 on the OffCenter Stage. Synopsis: In Alabama, an illness renders infant Helen Keller blind, deaf and mute. Pitied and badly spoiled by her wealthy Southern parents, Helen is not disciplined, so by age six she is a wild, angry, tantrum-throwing child. The Kellers hire Anne Sullivan from New York City to serve as governess and teacher. Through Anne's fiery persistence and unflagging love, Helen learns to trust, discipline herself and to use her hands to make signs to communicate.  Helen and her family's life are changed forever and Helen lives on to change the world's perception of the blind and deaf through her books and celebrity.

INFORMATION: Contact us at 376.5450 with questions


COMMUNITY CHURCH PREMIERES NEW  KIDS  PROGRAM
(First Meeting, Monday, January 26 from 6 - 7:20 pm)
Orcas Island Community Church invites all kids in the community to join a new weekly kids' program, Pioneer Clubs.
The Monday night club meetings will be organized into Scooters (ages 4-6); Voyagers (first and second graders); Pathfinders (third and fourth graders); and Trailblazers (fifth and sixth graders). Teams of two adults will lead groups of kids in skill-building activities like crafts, baking, music, drama and more as well as Bible exploration, games, Bible memory and prayer.
Parents can register by phone or at the church office, open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A registration fee of $15 helps to cover materials and supplies, and scholarships are available as needed. Pioneer Clubs will run this winter thru May.

INFORMATION:  Call leader Kelly Carpenter at 376-4038 or email kcarpenter15@outlook.com. Parent volunteers are welcome.


SINGERS WANTED FOR ACROSS THE UNIVERSE PRODUCTION - CHOIR REHEARSALS BEGIN @ ORCAS CENTER'S MADRONA ROOM
(Youth Troupe - Thursdays, starting Jan 29 from 3:30-4:30 pm, Rock on the Rock Adult Singers - Thursdays, starting Jan 29 from 5 - 7 pm; 14-week series)
Returning to Orcas Center is the next series of Grace McCune's children and adult Rock on the Rock choirs for 2015. These choirs, which will culminate into a musical theater benefit concert for Orcas Center, will be performing music from the 2007 movie musical, Across the Universe. This musical is a tapestry of Beatles songs spun into a narrative where songs and characters weave a tale of love and revolution.
After the success of Moulin Rouge last year, we are shooting for an even grander adventure for these choirs to include more choreography by Kara O'Toole and Laura Ludwig's dance classes, as well as a live band with local, top notch players. If you have always wanted to sing with a group, this is a great environment for new and experienced singers alike.

The children's choir, the Youth Troupe, ages 6-13, will meet every Thursday afternoon from 3:30-4:30 pm, starting January 29 for 14 weeks. They will be learning songs, such as, "Twist and Shout" as well as "Imagine." In addition to learning the songs, the Youth Troupe will also learn choreography by Laura Ludwig taught on the same day.
Rock on the Rock Singers will meet every Thursday from 5:00-7:00 pm, starting January 29th for 14 weeks. These singers will get to learn a variety of songs from the musical as well as the opportunity to audition for the characters with solos.
Rehearsals for both groups will be held in the Madrona Room at Orcas Center. The benefit concerts will be May 8-9, and 15-16.

INFORMATION:  To register for either choir class, show up on the day and time of the first rehearsal. There are no auditions. The cost is $120 for the 14-week series


ALL THINGS BIRDS & BEAUTIFUL ARTSHOW & SALE
(Show Dates: April 30 - May 31 @ Outlook Inn)
Orcas Island BirdFest is Birds, Art & Science in the San Juan Islands. A celebration of birds! Nature tours, workshops, art exhibits and a scientific symposium; all focusing on the health and wonder of birds with grassroots solutions. Orcas Island offers an unforgettable experience showcasing the natural splendor of the San Juan Islands.

The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce hosts BirdFest and will be held in Eastsound, Washington, April 30th - May 3rd, 2015. A major part of the festival is the juried art show and sale, All Things Birds and Beautiful, held in the Victoria Room of the Outlook Inn and in a live online art sale.

An exhibition opening reception with refreshments will be held April 30th from 6 -9 pm at the Outlook Inn.

All Things Birds and Beautiful is part of the annual Orcas Island BirdFest and is dedicated to supporting the arts and science of birds, through the relationship of artistic expression, public education and grassroots scientific endeavors inspired by birds. All Things Birds and Beautiful is an art show and sale celebrating the very best of contemporary creative expression and innovation in diverse media that focuses specifically on birds.
DEADLINE : March 4, 2015     Application Fee: $30  (#)

INFORMATION: APPLY NOW. Juried Art Services | support@jurying.net | 561.832.0480. Sponsored by Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce


INTERNATIONAL DENTAL VAN RETURNS TO ORCAS
(Friday/Saturday, January 30/31 @ Community Church)
The Orcas Dental Van will be at the Community Church on Friday, January 30th and Saturday, January 31st. Applications can be found at www.oicf.us, or at the Public Library. Please drop off applications in the GREEN box marked "Dental Van" outside the library by January 23rd.
 

DSHS VAN COMING TO EASTSOUND
(Tuesday/Wednesday, February 10/11 from 9 am - 5 pm @ Community Church)
The WA State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Mobile Community Service Office is coming to Eastsound. We will be there to do application interviews for Food and Cash as well as yearly reviews, and to answer any questions on active cases or about any of our services.


IMA LOOKING FOR WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS   
San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA)is developing an exciting new Art Workshop Program and is in the process of compiling a comprehensive "workshop instructor" listing, of both local and national instructors.  If you are interested in being included in this listing please email h.coscorbi@sjima.org with you name, email, phone, workshop topic(s) and number of days for the workshop (1-5), or if it is an ongoing weekly workshop. Call 378-0951 if questions. (##)


COUNTY & OPALCO ADVANCE IN $5 MIL GEORGETOWN ENERGY PRIZE
San Juan County officially advances to the Semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that is challenging communities across the U.S. to rethink their energy use.
San Juan County is among fifty communities across the nation leading the way to energy efficiency.  We are in friendly competition, state wide with Anacortes, Bellingham,  Bellevue and Walla Walla .
For more information about our energy plan and the Georgetown University Energy Prize visit www.sanjuanislandscd.org/energy or follow us on Facebook. (##)



 
Classes and Seminars


INTRODUCTION TO PILATES WORKSHOP @ CENTER WORKS STUDIO 
(7 week series - Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am beginning January 21) 
Center Works Studio invites you to join us for our popular Introduction to Pilates Workshop, one of our gateway classes to the studio. Develop strength and tone, improve your balance, posture, and flexibility! After a discussion of the history and philosophy behind Pilates, we will begin exploring the beginner mat work. Over the rest of the weeks we will add in more Intermediate mat work and props, plus introduce work on two prices of apparatus-the tower and the reformer. At the end of the workshop you will be able to join any class offered by the studio! 
Location: Center Works Studio(Front of the Athletic Center) Cost: $168.00 plus tax

INFORMATION:  Questions? 376-3659


TRIYOGA BASICS SERIES WITH JENI SANDERS 
(6-week series, Saturdays, January 24 - February 28,  10:00 - 11:30 am)
TriYoga Basics is great for those new to Yoga and for those who want to strengthen their core alignments. All levels welcome.
Cost $60 for 6 classes.

INFORMATION: To Register visit www.orcasmandala.com


WRITERS' ROUNDTABLE: TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES. THE FUNCTION OF PLOT IN STORYTELLING
(Saturday, January 24 from 1 - 3 pm @ Orcas Public Library)
Join Jennifer Brennock for this months writers' discourse: how does plot function in storytelling? This is for writers of all genres and all levels.

INFORMATION:  Email Jennifer at jennifer.brennock@live.com


DEATH CAFE TO BE PRESENTED @ SENIOR CENTER
(Saturday, January 24 from 1 - 3 pm)
Death Café. A comfortable place to talk about a reality of life. All of us have concerns and questions about death. A Death Café is a place to talk about death, with coffee, tea, and cake. The motto of the Death Café movement is, "To increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives." OMC nurse Libby Garcia is the organizer for a Death Café to be held at the Orcas Senior Center. She believes these conversations "can make life so much sweeter now, and more comfortable in the end."  This event is free. To learn more about the event and Death Café, click here.


KIDS YOGA @ ORCAS MANDALA 
(Mondays & Wednesdays, February 2, 4, 9, 11 from 3:30 - 4:15 pm) 
Cost $24/4 classes or $8 single class.

INFORMATION: www.orcasmandala.com or 360-298-0218


BUDGETING, SAVING, INVESTING
(Monday, February 2 from 6 - 7:30 pm @ Public Library Conference Room)
Do you feel you're stuck in a financial pattern that will never change? do you understand the basics of budgeting, saving and investing?
You're invited to an ongoing discussion that will begin on Feb 2. the meeting will continue to be held the 1st and 4th Mondays of each moth to discuss the basics and ask questions. FREE.


INTRODUCTION TO SILENCE & SONG WITH SUSAN OSBORN 
(4-week Series, Mondays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 from  6 - 8:30 pm @ Orcas Mandala)
This exploration is about reclaiming the original power and purpose of singing. Singing is a way to still the mind by deepening, slowing, and extending the breath. Singing arises from and returns to silence. Cost: $80 early bird by January 26, $100 after.

INFORMATION:  To Register visit www.orcasmandala.com or call 360-298-0218


RESTORATIVE YOGA @ ORCAS MANDALA 
(Wednesdays & Fridays, February 4, 6, 11, 13 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm) 
Need some time to Relax? Take a Restorative Yoga Class!! 
Cost $48/4 classes or $15 single class.  All Levels Welcome!

INFORMATION: www.orcasmandala.com or 360-298-0218


OVER-WINTERING BIRD CLASS
(6 week sessions beginning Feb 19 @ Public Library)
Our mild climate hosts a large variety of wintering birds.  This class will focus on identifying birds of prey, waterfowl and aquatic birds, sparrows, finches and woodpeckers.  This 6-week class is held at the Orcas Island Library for $80 and includes a local field trip.  Choose from Thursdays 10 am - 1 pm February 19th - March 26th or Saturday 10 am - 1 pm February 21st - March 28th.  

INFORMATION:  Contract Kim at kim@kimmiddleton.com for more information or to reserve space in the class

Continuing Art & Museum Shows
 

CHECK OUT THIS MONTH'S ARTIST @ WASHINGTON FEDERAL  
(New art every month)
Customers and non-Customers alike are welcome to stop by 35 Main St. in Eastsound and see fabulous art Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. We feature a different local artist every month. Our artist for January 2015, is Gail Anderson-Toombs.  She is displaying her wonderful collection of bright, embellished, acrylic paintings.  Please stop by and see the show!


THE GALLERY: A COOPERATIVE OF LOCAL PAINTERS 
(Hours: Wednesday - Friday noon - 4 pm, Saturday 10 am - 4 pm)
THE GALLERY, a co-operative of local artists, is temporarily closed for the winter months, but participating artists are happy to arrange for paintings to be viewed by appointment. If interested, please call Annie at 317-4944 or Barbara at 317-1766.
THE GALLERY is located at 374 North Beach Rd., across the street from Enzo's.

 

THE LAMBIEL (ART) MUSEUM 
(Open by appointment only)
A discerning private collection of works by San Juan Islands' artists. Guided tours of the Museum and its grounds are available only by appointment.

INFORMATION:  360-376-4544


ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
(Open Wednesdays - Saturdays from 12 NOON - 3 PM
Museum Office Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

 

INFORMATION:  Call the Museum, 376-4849

 

 

MORAN MANSION MUSEUM TOURS

(Open Daily 8 am - 9 pm)
The Mansion is open to the public for a self-guided tour from 9 am - 9 pm daily.  The tour is free.  

 

INFORMATION: Call Rosario @ 376-2152 ext. 300   

 

 

ROSARIO MUSIC CONCERT AND HISTORICAL NARRATIVE

(Saturdays at 4 pm)
Enjoy a presentation of music and photography that walks guests through the history of the Moran family and the Rosario estate with Christopher Peacock. Highlights of the presentation include the historic Moran Photograph Collection, Phantom of the Opera music performed on the Mansion's 1,972 pipe Aeolian organ with the silent film, stories of the Mansion's most colorful residents, and Christopher's original piano compositions played on the 1900 Steinway Grand Piano.

INFORMATION: Call Rosario @ 376-2152 ext. 300 


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Public Meetings on Orcas Island
  • San Juan County's public meeting list is found here. 

Tuesday, January 27 (5 pm). Eastsound Sewer and Water District meeting (East side of Airport, at end of Cessna Lane). Regularly scheduled on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.   

  

Thursday, February 5 (3 pm). Eastsound Planning Review Committee. (Eastsound Fire Station). Meets first Thursday of the month. 

 

Tuesday, February 10 (8:30 am). Orcas Island Public Library Board   (Public Library). Call 376-4985 for more information. Meets the second Tuesday of the month.       

 

Wednesday, February 11 (1:30 - 3:30 pm). Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee (Deer Harbor Community Center). Call 376-3199 for more information. Public is welcome. Regularly scheduled on the second Wednesday of the month.     

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

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

 

Thursday, February 19 (5:30 pm). Orcas Fire District Commissioners  meeting (Eastsound Fire Hall). Call 376-2331 for more information. Regularly meets on the third Thursday of the month.     

      

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

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

 

Lance Evans, Executive Director

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce

 

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce 

 

Chamber Signature Box