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

Random Howse Presents: Women Songwriters in the Round


— from Carolyn Cruso — WHO: Mandy Troxel, Melody Funk, Madison West, and Carolyn Cruso WHAT:   Women Songwriters in the Round  WHERE: Random Howse, 365 North Beach Rd., in Eastsound  376-1111 WHEN: Friday, February 12th, 7pm, by donation. Join Orcas Island women songwriters, Mandy Troxel, Melody Funk, Madi Jane West … Continue reading

Bolshoi Live from Moscow: Taming of the Shrew


Saturday, February 6, 6:30 p.m., Orcas Center — from Artha Kass — This weekend, the Bolshoi Ballet will be performing Taming of the Shrew the magnificent ballet created for the Company in 2014 by Jean-Christophe Maillot, Choreographer-Director of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. It played to sold-out houses then — and also when … Continue reading

Sharon Abreu to Take “Climate Monologues” to LA

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— from Irthlingz — In 2010 Sharon Abreu did the first performance of her new show, “The Climate Monologues,” at The Orcas Grange. This March, Sharon will have the opportunity to bring “The Climate Monologues” to a wider audience as part of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival. Sharon explains, … Continue reading

FilmFest Review: “Free to Rock”

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— by Paula Treneer, reprinted upon request — OIFF Film Review: “Free to Rock”, a must-see documentary directed by Jim Brown: Orcas Island Film Festival brought a notable contribution to the genre of music documentaries with a preview showing of “Free to Rock”, directed by four-time Emmy Award winner Jim … Continue reading

“The Human Figure” at Orcas Center Art Show

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— from Pat Littlewood for the Orcas Center Visual Arts Committee — February 3rd, Wednesday: submission of art works between 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for the Orcas Center’s upcoming lobby show of “The Human Figure” and the Madrona Room show of On and Off the Wall. February 5th, Friday: Opening art … Continue reading

Calling Local Playwrights: Time for PlayFest Submissions


Play submission deadline is Jan. 31 — from Aaimee Johnson for Actor’s Theater of Orcas Island — It’s time to start thinking about the 2016 Ten-Minute PlayFest! The eleventh annual PlayFest for the Actor’s Theater of Orcas Island will take place next spring. We’re looking for short play submissions from local … Continue reading

TEDx –Ideas Worth Sharing — Tickets on Sale Now

— from Gretchen Krampf for TEDx Orcas — Tickets for the Orcas Iasland TEDx (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks are now on sale at Our conference will center on the theme of “Best of Both Worlds – the Potential in Polarity”. What is TEDx? In the spirit of “ideas worth … Continue reading

Fisherfolk! Fish with the American Legion Derby

— from Judi Resch for the American Legion — American Legion Post #93 will be hosting their 37th Annual Fishing Derby the weekend of January 29th-31st. Registration for the derby is from 4 – 11 p.m. on Friday, January 29th, at the Post home (793 Crescent Beach Dr., Eastsound). $50. … Continue reading

Crowdfunding Can Work for You — Workshop offered by County EDC

Monday, Feb. 8 from 9:30 to 11:30 at San Juan Island Public Library, Friday Harbor — from Victoria Compton for San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC)– Crowdfunding is an exciting way for entrepreneurs to ask for monetary pledges from individuals using online services like Kickstarter. Learn how to procure … Continue reading

Film Festival Brings Return Engagement of Free to Rock

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Thursday, February 4, 7:30 p.m., The Sea View Theatre — from Donna Laslo / Jared Lovejoy, OIFF — We are still basking in the success and fun we all had from our recent Orcas Island Film Festival 2015. Five of our films from this year are nominated for Academy Awards. One of … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Citizens Review Orcas Park & Rec Levy


— from the Orcas Island Park and Recreation District Commissioners — Dear Orcas Island Citizens, We, the commissioners of the Orcas Island Park and Recreation District (OIPRD), take the stewardship of public funds as a critical component of our job as elected officials. As part of assuring the voters that … Continue reading

Club Spotlight: The Orcas Island Garden Club


— by Perri Gibbons Who We Are: Founded in 1958, the Orcas Island Garden Club remains one of the most active and vibrant clubs on the island. We meet ten times during the year beginning in September on the third Wednesdays of the month at 10:00 AM in the Madrona … Continue reading