Helping in Lesbos: A Most Humbling, Heart-breaking, Heart-warming Experience


— from Kate Jewell — Peeling six layers of dripping wet clothes off the first screaming, terrified infant thrust in my arms was challenging. Getting her diapered, redressed, warm, dry and reunited with her mother even more so. Especially when the surrounding environment in our make-shift tent had grown to … Continue reading

TEDx Presenters …Orcas Island, and Beyond

— from Gretchen Krampf for TEDxOrcas Island — TEDxOrcasIsland is bringing our community a daylong conference of incredible speakers on March 5th at Orcas Center. Tickets are on sale at Orcas Island speakers include: TJ DiCaprio, a Sr. Director of Environmental Sustainability at Microsoft Corporation and the chief architect … Continue reading

Writers’ Roundtable Look at Contemporary Asian-American Poetry

Saturday, February 13, 1-3 p.m., Library — from JoEllen Moldoff — Jill McCabe Johnson, presenter Come enjoy and discuss the works of a wide range of contemporary Asian-American poets, including Li-Young Lee, Kimiko Hahn, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Ocean Vuong, Rick Barot, Ravi Shankar, Mari L’Esperance, and more. Feel free to bring poems … Continue reading

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Coming to Grange Stage

February 19, 20, 16, 27 and March 4, 5, and 6, 7:30 p.m., Grange Stage — from Doug Bechtel — The Actors Theater of Orcas Island announces seven performances of the Tony-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia And Masha And Spike by three-time Obie Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang. The play opened on … Continue reading

Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee Meets Wednesday

Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Deer Harbor Fire Station The agenda calls for discussion of: Pathways committee Jake Brake signs – Bob Connor Land bank signage Bridge Update Local business & Rock Island screening from road Members of the public are invited to participate in committee … Continue reading

State Transportation Head Dismissed

— by Mohammed Kloub for — In a 25-21 vote divided along partisan lines, the state Senate fired Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson on Friday [Feb. 5] by refusing to confirm her, three years after her initial appointment. A gubernatorial appointee can serve indefinitely without formal confirmation, but can no … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Park and Rec and School Levies Serve Us All

— by Martha Farish– Dear Islanders I wanted to write this letter before I know the outcome of the Park and Rec and school levies. I am a Park and Rec commissioner and have served as commissioner since the inception of Orcas Park and Rec District. Taxes that pay for … Continue reading

Catkin Cafe Opens with New Chef

–from Madie Murray — Rumor has it there is a new chef at the Catkin Cafe in the Artworks building in Olga, and I’m here to quell the rumors…it’s true! Angela Emery has joined forces with café owner Cheryl Helm to create a new “stir” in the kitchen. Angela arrived … Continue reading

EDC, SJIVB Offer Workshop on Brochure Design

Tuesday, February 23, 2:30-4 p.m., San Juan Island Public Library Wednesday, February 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Orcas Island Public Library — from Victoria Compton, EDC — The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC), in partnership with the San Juan Islands Visitors’ Bureau (SJIVB,) are offering two free workshops entitled Effective Design … Continue reading

Vendors: Apply for August County Fair Slots Now

— from Ashley King for the SJ County Fair — The San Juan County Fair is now accepting vendor booth registration for the 2016 Fair [Aug 17-20 in Friday Harbor]. Are you an island artisan selling handmade goods? Is your local business looking to advertise? The Fair is the place … Continue reading

Come to the Olga Potluck

Please come to the Olga Valentines Potluck, Saturday, February 13th at the Olga Community Center. Social hour begins at 5:00 and we sit down for dinner at 6:00. Carl Burger will provide music for our enjoyment on the evening before Valentine’s Day. Please bring your own place settings and a … Continue reading

Christian School Hosts Free Mexican Dinner

— from Anna Vedder for Orcas Christian School — The next Community Dinner at Orcas Christian School is on Tuesday, February 9, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This free, all-you-can eat meal will feature Mexican food. On the menu is cheese enchiladas, burritos, Spanish rice, refried beans, Mexican slaw, black … Continue reading

A*OK Wants to See You at Fidelis Flea Market


Help support art in the public schools — from David Turnoy — Please come visit A*OK’s table at Fidelis Flea Market (Cupid’s Closet) on Saturday, February 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., West Sound Community Center. A*OK, Art for Orcas Kids, is a committee of the Orcas Island Education Foundation now, … Continue reading

County Council Has Approved Chip Sealing

— from Islanders Saving Dolphin Bay Road — As you may have read by now, on Tuesday the Council voted to proceed with the recommendation by Public Works to chip seal Dolphin Bay Road, notwithstanding the strong opposition and feedback received. Obviously we are very disappointed, but respect the decision of … Continue reading

Teen Workshop: Who Are You? What Do You Want?

You Yourself You Poster

— Rebecca DeMeritt — Who are you? What do you want? What makes you uniquely YOU? Learn 10 new ways to look at yourself (and other people) in our 6-week workshop using personality inventories, introspective activities, art therapy, and group discussion. Great for teens interested in psychology, teaching, business, and just figuring … Continue reading