FilmFest Reviews: “Marshlands” and “45 Years”

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— by Paula Treneer — OIFF Film Review: “Marshlands”, Goya-award winning Spanish crime drama Orcas Island Film Festival continued its impressive line-up of award-winning foreign films with “Marshlands,” a 2014 Spanish release which won ten Goya awards, including Best Director for Alberto Rodriguez and best actor for Javier Gutierrez, one … Continue reading

Library Recruiting Board Trustee

— from the Orcas Island Library — The Orcas Island Public Library is seeking a new trustee to begin serving a five-year term on Jan. 1, 2016. The board is composed of five members who are charged with planning the direction of the library services, making sure those policies comply … Continue reading

FilmFest Review: “Free to Rock”

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— by Paula Treneer — 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 Brown. The preview … Continue reading

Film Fest Review: “The Assassin”

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— by Paula Treneer — OIFF Film Review: “The Assassin” directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien: A well-attended first evening film at the 2015 Orcas Film Festival was “The Assassin”, directed by award-winning Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, who won the Best Director prize at Cannes earlier this year for this effort. Stunningly … Continue reading

FilmFest Review: “Dheepan”

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 — by Paula Treneer — (Paula Treneer has been an avid film viewer and reviewer for film festivals in Seattle, Abu Dhabi  and Berlin. She will review select films of the Orcas Island Film Festival for Orcas Issues. To reviews the Film Festival schedule, go to OIFF Film Review: “Dheepan”, … Continue reading

Join Us for Orcas Island Green Drinks

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5-6:30 pm at Orcas Food Co-Op Commons — from Gretchen Krampf — Green Drinks is a social time for thriving and resilient Island community builders. We provide refreshments & snacks ~ Donations Appreciated Green Drinks is a project of Thrive Orcas Island … Continue reading

Gathering of Art Experts to Discuss Premier Artist Michael Dailey

Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30 pm at the San Juan Community Theatre, Friday Harbor — from the San Juan Islands Museum of Art — Enriching the experience of “Michael Dailey: Early Dawn to Late Twilight” at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, IMA brings a lively conversation about one … Continue reading

Fall Festival and Hay Rides: Orkila Traditions

Pumpkin Carving -- an Orkila Fall Fest tradition!

— from Haley Winchell for YMCA Camp Orkila — Camp Orkila’s Fall Festival and Haunted Hay Ride are on Saturday, October 17th, 2015. Our Fall Festival will be from 1:00-5:30pm. We’ll have hot dogs, soup, chili and cider to warm you up. You’ll be able to participate in pumpkin carving, … Continue reading

Costume Making Workshop with Brook Meinhardt

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October 10, 17, 24, Funhouse Commons — from Rebecca DeMerritt, Funhouse — Struggling with coming up with a fantastic idea for a costume? Join artist Brook Meinhardt for a costume-making workshop at the Funhouse and create your amazing Halloween costume early! Learn how to work with different materials to pull off … Continue reading

Nikki McClure Comes to Darvill’s

Nikki McClure's eloquent art will be spotlighted at Darvill's this Sunday

— from Darvill’s Bookstore — For the first time at Darvill’s, Nikki McClure , noted Northwestern artist, illustrator and author will be reading and signing books and calendars on Sunday, October 11th from 12:30- to 1:30 pm . A native of Olympia, Washington, Nikki is known for her painstakingly intricate … Continue reading

Welcome New Pied Pipers!


–by Joyce Stone for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival — Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Pied Piper program brings local musicians to our island preschools each week during the school year, and special sessions during the Summer. “We couldn’t imagine a week without the Pied Piper music program in … Continue reading

San Juan Islands Birders Plan Fall Boat Trip

— by Barbara Jensen for the San Juans Audubon Society — Fall is here and it is time to get out on the water to see returning wintering birds and some hard to see marine birds. Great flocks of wintering ducks, loons, and grebes are arriving, whales are here along … Continue reading

Trashion Fashion Show Oct. 24 — More Details!

— from Linda Peth for the Grange — Trashion Fashion Show entry forms are now available on the Bulletin Boards at Island Market, Post Offices in East Sound and Orcas, Templin Center (Ray’s Pharmacy), Orcas Island Co-Op, The Kitchen, Country Corner Laundromat, Deer Harbor Marina, Doe Bay Resort and Orcas … Continue reading

DVSAS Presents “Out-of-the-Box” Book Club

— from DVSAS of Orcas Island — What if you had the power to create peace in your life, your relationships, and your community by connecting to a more open heart? What would that look like on a day-to-day basis? Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) invites the community … Continue reading

DVSAS Presents Sanctified Sisters in “Carried by the Current”

Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7 pm. at the Grange — from DVSAS of Orcas Island — In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, come join DVSAS this October 10th, 2015, for a reading of an award winning play by Nicola Pearson entitled, “Carried by the Current.” Based on true events … Continue reading

“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

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— 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

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

Orcas Island Film Festival Returns with 30 Stellar Films

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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 ( as a festival to watch for cutting … Continue reading