“Whale of a Show” Presents Young Talent, Orcas-style

 –- by Cara Russell — “Whale of a Show” packed the house on Saturday, September 26 at Orcas Center. As they have for several years, Didier Gincig and his daughter Emilie shared duties as the two hosts of the all-kid talent show that has been a cherished event for years, … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Don’t Miss the Film Fest Preview

— from Donna Laslo and the Orcas Island Film Festival Team — Hello Film Lovers! Join us on this Thursday, Oct. 1st at 6 p.m. at Random Howse for a special Orcas Island Film Festival preview. The Orcas Island Film Festival is right around the corner and we are excited to give you the … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Let’s Really Support Local Agriculture

— from Sandy Strehlou of the Committee for Diversified Agriculture — Last week the County Council announced that they will not be putting the proposed greenhouse regulations on the Council agenda. While it doesn’t mean the Council has dropped the issue for good, this is still good news. I choose … Continue reading

New Poetry Workshop: Process and Discovery

— from JoEllen Moldoff– …Poetry arrived in search of me. I don’t know, I don’t know where it came from, from winter or a river… —Pablo Neruda In this class, we will read, discuss and write poems. By creating the opportunity and spark for words to come together, we will … Continue reading

Child Find to Hold Friendly Developmental Screening

Register Now for Wednesday October 7 appointments for Children ages 3-5  — from Theresa Mayr, Orcas Elementary School Principal — What is the purpose of a Child Find Screening? The purpose of the screening is to identify any factors that may interfere with your child’s learning, growth, and development. The … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Heinmiller as Fire Commissioner Will Maintain Excellence

— from Tom Ritter — I strongly endorse Wes Heinmiller for Fire Commissioner of Orcas Island. Mr. Heinmiller is committed to maintaining the high level of service that Orcas Island Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Service provides. We have all benefited from these services and Wes will ensure that they … Continue reading

Orcas Island Film Festival Returns with 30 Stellar Films

Award-winners and Oscar contenders head the line-up of films at the 2nd annual Orcas Island Film Festival — from Shannon Borg for the Orcas Island Film Festival — An impressive lineup of world-class films establishes the 2nd Annual Orcas Island Film Festival (www.orcasfilmfest.com) as a festival to watch for cutting … Continue reading

The Fresh, New Face of Farm to Cafeteria

–by Madie Murray — You may have noticed some recent Farm to Cafeteria articles being written by Ashley Randall, Farm to Cafeteria Coordinator. You’ll be seeing many more. Yes, she’s finally on board after spending the summer interning at Black Dog Farm and is now beginning to take on the … Continue reading

Local Co-ops Join in Celebration of National Co-op Month

Activities, Workshops, Goodies and Prizes for Co-op Members — from Suzanne Olson for OPALCO — The Orcas Food Co-op, San Juan Island Food Co-op and OPALCO have joined forces to bring the National Co-op Month celebration San Juan County. During the month of October, we are cooperatively offering family activities, … Continue reading

Orcas Crossroads is Changing Direction

Tuesday, October 27, at 5:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Parish Hall  — from the Orcas Crossroads Committee — Orcas Crossroads is at a crossroads — changing our format and mission. Crossroads is moving away from offering lectures and toward promoting community engagement through conversations focused on topics relevant to Orcas Island … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Observe Pink Out Day for Planned Parenthood

— from Gay Wilmerding — National Pink Out Day on September 29th coincides with Planned Parenthood’s twenty years of service in Friday Harbor. September 5th, arson destroyed Pullman’s Planned Parenthood’s Health Center raising the question: if an individual disagrees with 3-4% of a program, would our town institutions be rubble? … Continue reading

Learn a New Technology for Healing and High-level Wellness

— from Shawn Shelton — The Art of Training Presents Euphoria Technology with Norbert Heuser, CEO – IPC Global Corp. Learn a NEW Technology for Healing and High-Level Wellness ! • Information about a technology that restores your physical balance and strengthens your core energy field in one second. • … Continue reading

Orcas Library Observes Banned Books Week

September 27 – October 3 — from Kathleen Lunde — Join the Orcas Island Library as we celebrate the 2015 Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together … Continue reading

Whale of a Show: An Island Tradition

 — from Artha Kass for Orcas Center — It is time for the annual Orcas all-kid talent show, Whale of a Show on Saturday, September 26 at 6:30 pm at Orcas Center! Directed by Didier Gincig and crew, this annual event is an opportunity to see our talented Island youth … Continue reading