The Island's Jumping with New Year's Celebrations

Thursday, December 31 New Year’s Eve Events Emmanuel Episcopal Candlelit Labyrinth Walk 4 to 6:30 p.m. Kaleidoscope Childcare offers Overnight Childcare from 6 p.m. on December 31 to 10 a.m. on January 1.  The overnight will include dinner, New Year’s projects, slumber party & continental breakfast.  Cost is only $100 … Continue reading

Orcas Schools Receive $150,000 for Energy Improvements

The Orcas Island School District (OISD) was notified last week that they will receive $150,000 in a grant to provide for energy efficiency improvements to schools. The award was made by the State Office of Public Instruction, and the grant program is funded by the State Legislature. The Office of … Continue reading

Vote counting equipment testing on January 5

By Stan Matthews County Communications Program Manager Logic and Accuracy Tests for vote counting equipment which will be used to tally mail-in ballots for the February 9 Special Election are scheduled for January 5.  The tests will take place at 10 a.m. in the Elections Office located at 55 Second … Continue reading

"Environmental Songster" Dana Lyons plays New Years Eve at the Doe Bay Café

World famous environmental songster Dana Lyons will rock in the New Year starting at 10 p.m. at the Doe Bay Café.  The event will also be a release party for his new CD, “Three Legged Coyote.” The evening kicks off with an  exciting Pizza Night Open Mic led by Fabrice! … Continue reading

Alternative Education Abounds at Orcas Public Schools with OASIS

Updated Dec. 29  at 9:30 p.m. The Orcas Alternative Student-Initiated Studies (OASIS) program has blossomed this year, with about 100 students enrolled in the Orcas Island School District’s K-8 program, and an additional two dozen in OASIS High School. The OASIS High School staff, led by Marta Branch, includes Linda … Continue reading

Septic Repair Funds Granted by State with Boost from Federal Stimulus

Updated Dec. 31 at 9:30 a.m. San Juan County’s revolving loan program for the proper repair of failing on-site septic systems has received $300,000 in the final intended use plan from the state water pollution fund. This time the fund was augmented by funds appropriated by Congress under the American … Continue reading

West Beach Resorts to Donate Portion of Mid-week Business to Non-profits

Tim Hance,  Director of Events for West Beach Resort, Inc. recently announced that West Beach Resort will extend its fall promotion benefiting non-profits  as the “2010 Orcas Island Winter Non Profit Promotion.” “Given the amazing response we had to our Fall Non-Profit Promotion,” Hance says, “We encourage you to invite … Continue reading

Tap Away the Blocks to Successful Resolutions

Nancy Southern, MSW and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Specialist, is offering a free workshop to “eliminate the unconscious barriers to success that will sabotage your best efforts every time.” “Do you make the same resolutions every year only to fall short of your goal?” asks Southern. This one-time workshop introduces … Continue reading

Waldorf Courses for Grades 3-5 at Salish Sea School

The School of the Salish Sea announces a Friday class for children in grades 3-5. It offers a Waldorf curriculum main lesson followed by activities such as wood working, puppet and doll making, puppet plays and performances, needle felting, sewing, paper crafts, painting, cooking, hiking, games, and field trips. Waldorf teacher … Continue reading

Orcas Idol is Just Around the Corner — Seeks Sponsors

Contributed by Marta Nielson, OIPP Director The fabulous, family-oriented Orcas Idol show is returing for its 5th season. New this year, contestants can sing karaoke style, a cappella or accompany themselves on a musical instrument. Duets also return, with each contestant singing thir choice of Country/Folk, Pop/Rock, Blues, Show Tunes…even … Continue reading