Orcas Voices: The Odd Fellows

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— by Sally Buchanan — The “Odd Fellows” is a name familiar to most Islanders. People know where the building is and they enjoy the renowned Odd Fellows band participating in Island parades with enthusiasm, costumes, and a great rhythm section. Most Islanders also know about the “world famous” Halloween … Continue reading

Orcas Choral Society Concert Will Celebrate Our Longest Nights

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Saturday Dec. 5 at Orcas Center; Sunday Dec. 6 at Lopez Center — from Lynn Baker for the Orcas Choral Society — Contentment. Companionship. A good book by a crackling fire. Longing. Love. Prayer. These are a few of the many moods evoked in songs of the Orcas Choral Society’s … Continue reading

Thanks Olga Symphony for Music, Memories and More

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Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Orcas Center — by Margie Doyle — More, like old-fashioned Orcas-style philanthropy — that’s what the Olga Symphony has given to their friends and neighbors all these years, since the early 1980s, as they play for goodwill donations that … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Thanks, Kiwanians and Volunteers for New Playground

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— from Krista Bouchey, Funhouse Commons Executive Director — To Members of the Orcas Kiwanis Club, This past summer you gave a very generous contribution in support of a new playground for the Funhouse. Over the weekend 37 volunteers installed the structure and the base chips. Yesterday [Nov. 18] was … Continue reading

Orcas Musicians Perform at SJMEA Senior Honor Festival


— from Kristen Wilson — Western Washington University’s 650-seat Performing Arts Center was packed for a performance by students from this year’s San Juan Music Educators Association Senior Honor Festival on November 11. Thirteen musicians from Orcas High School’s Strings and Band Classes attended this year’s Festival. WWU hosted some … Continue reading

Roger Sherman’s New “Bach: Under the Influence” a Milestone

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— by Margie Doyle — Orcas Island business Loft Recordings is pleased to release “Bach: Under the Influence,” a recording of the Sept. 20, 2001 concert of the same name at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. The concert, performed by Loft Recordings owner, Roger Sherman, came just 10 days after … Continue reading

After Turkey: Holiday Festival of Arts on Saturday

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Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center — from Arron Redford, Senior Center Manager — The Operations Committee of the Orcas Island Senior Center invites you to participate in our annual Holiday Festival of Arts, 10AM to 4PM on Saturday, November 28th. This is … Continue reading

Island Lights Festival Brings Good Cheer

— from the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — Why not stay home or visit a neighboring island to ring in the season? Eastsound Village Green, Lopez Village and Friday Harbor will all sparkle during their signature lighting events with singing by local choirs, cookies and hot cider to brighten … Continue reading

What Should a New Dog Park Look Like?

Sunday November 29 from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. at the Funhouse The San Juan County Land Bank, Orcas Island Park and Recreation District and OOLA, the nonprofit operator of the current off leash area, are looking into the feasibility of providing a new, permanent home for the Orcas Off-leash Area, … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Housing Shortage Hits Another One of Our Own

— from Patty Johnson — Dear Friends and Neighbors, My name is Patty Johnson. You may recognize me if you’ve been to a Choral Society Concert — I was the accompanist for several years, and am now enjoying being a singer again. Or maybe you’re in my yoga class with … Continue reading

Chamber Music Festival Seeking New Executive Director

— from Pam Smith, OICMF — The Executive Director is a full-time position leading all aspects of OICMF operations and administrative management encompassing Development, Finance, Community Outreach, management of full-time and volunteer staff, contracts, music education, and relationships with donors, supporters, and the Board. Interested parties are encouraged to view the OICMF … Continue reading

Orcas Favorite Big Band to Perform

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Saturday November 21 starting at 6 p.m. at Orcas Center — from Ken Speck — The 8th annual Orcas Family Health Center “OFHC” Gala dinner show, dance and auction is scheduled for Saturday November 21 at Orcas Center. The incredible big band sounds of Orcatrazz will entertain again and provide … Continue reading

Midsummer Night’s Dream Adult Auditions Coming

Sunday, Nov. 22 at noon to 2 p.m. at Orcas Center — from Jake Perrine — “The course of true love never did run smooth!” Local director/teacher Jake Perrine (Butterfly Effect, Christmas Carol, Moulin Rouge, Across the Universe) will be auditioning adult men and women on NOVEMBER 22nd in the … Continue reading

Artists from All San Juan Islands at New Show Opening

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IMA Islands Artists’ Registry Show
 Opens Saturday, Nov. 21 in Friday Harbor — from Diane Martindale — (Featured photograph, “Ancient Lesson” by JoEllen Moldoff) The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) welcomes the community to our fourth annual “IMA Islands Artists’ Registry”—an exhibition of artworks by more than 70 … Continue reading

Cultivating Spirituality in Children: Dr. Rosie Pens Another Book

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 — from The Paradigm Shifts — Dr. Rosie Kuhn, a long time Orcas Island resident, international presenter, and life and business coach, reveals to the world the 101 ways to make every child’s spirit soar, in her latest book, Cultivating Spirituality in Children. It was just released on Amazon and … Continue reading

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce presents Third Annual “Eastsound Art Walk”

Friday, November 27 from 2 pm – 5 pm in Eastsound — from the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce — The Orcas Island (WA) Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present its Third Annual “Eastsound Art Walk” on Friday, November 27 from 2 pm to 5 pm. Lance Evans, Executive … Continue reading