Sail Orcas Honors Ray Jarecki in Regatta

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— from Sail Orcas — Sail Orcas hosted the Northwest Interscholastic Sailing Association Ray Jarecki Youth Regatta July 25 and 26 at Orcas Island Yacht Club (OIYC). from www.facebook/sailorcas — The Ray Jarecki Youth Regatta had an excellent turn out and the weather was fantastic for sailing. We had 8 … Continue reading

Flamenco with the Funhouse

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— from Krista Bouchey, Funhouse Commons Director — We love what we do at The Funhouse and appreciate your support of the Funhouse Commons and our programs for island youth. Our 2015 Gala includes Flamenco dancers, delicious food, fun games, and a live auction! And everyone can Raise the Paddle … Continue reading

Travel the World of Stories with Eth-Noh-Tec Storyfest


History-based “Red Altar” the finale to a week of storytelling  — by Margie Doyle — “Once Upon a Time… long, long ago…” with those magical, mythical words, the world of entrancing stories opens up to a hungry audience. Every two years for the last 10 years, Orcas Islanders enjoy StoryFest, … Continue reading

Random Howse: the Go-To Spot for Lively Entertainment

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World of Stories, Acoustic and LOUD music featured this week — by Margie Doyle — Random Howse is making an indelible impression on those who want to taste first-hand a variety of entertainment. New General Manager Wendy Shinstine is working towards the goal of entertainment five nights a week to … Continue reading

Calendula Workshop A “Salvy” Success

The first workshop held in our Public School Garden was on July 23. Those who came made calendula salve from the garden’s own flowers, dried and steeped in oil for more than 3 weeks, and beeswax. They experimented with adding dock, fresh petals, lavender and blackberry. If you have a … Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee Talks Reading


— by Valerie Easton for — Jay Inslee is a home-grown governor. His Dad was a biology teacher at Garfield and Sealth high schools, and Inslee’s first foray into public service was when he fought for a new public high school during the years he lived near Yakima. Our … Continue reading

Kids 5-16 Who Exhibit Can Get into County Fair Free

— from the San Juan County Fair — That’s right, kids and parents! The only requirement for kids to get in free at the Fair this year is to participate in at least one of the 24 exhibitor departments showcased at the San Juan County Fair, August 12-15, 2015. This offer, … Continue reading

Special Film Event: “The Secret Handshake”


Thursday, July 23 – 7:30pm Sea View Theatre — from Donna Laslo — Howie Klausner, former Orcas Island resident and Hollywood screen writer, is back on the island for a special screening of his new indie feature, “The Secret Handshake,” Starring Kevin Sorbo and Amy Grant. The movie was filmed … Continue reading

Membership Drive is ON at Orcas Senior Center

No age requirement to get Senior Center Benefits! — from Jami Mitchell, Senior Center Manager — The annual membership drive for the Orcas Island Senior Center is in full swing! Member perks have been added, expanded, and re-vamped to make the benefits of membership enticing, advantageous, and convenient to use. … Continue reading

Market Day at Emmanuel Episcopal

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Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church grounds — from Judy Schliebus for Emmanuel Episcopal Parish — It’s time for St. Agnes Guild’s 66th Annual Market Day, which will be held this Saturday, July 25th, on the Episcopal Church lawn from 10 a.m. … Continue reading