Last County Flea Market of 2016 Dec. 10 at County Fairgrounds on San Juan Island


— from Ashley King, Program Coordinator, San Juan County Parks & Fair — Mark your calendars, last Flea Market of 2016 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds! Saturday, December 10th 9am-Noon From jewelry and handmade goods to yard tools and , this is the place to find it! Got some … Continue reading

Senior Center Presents Holiday Festival of Arts

At the 2011 Senior Center Holiday Festival of the Arts, from left Lisa Heisinger, Antoinette Botsford and Theresa Boucher

Saturday, November 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Senior Center — from Arron Redford — 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 26th. This is one of our major fund-raisers of … Continue reading

School Board Reaches Consensus on Bond for Phase III Development Board hears different strategies for bond structuring, prioritized.

— by Margie Doyle, updated Nov.14 at 2:30 p.m.— On Nov. 7 the Orcas Island School District (OISD) board, administration and public members met to deal with the nitty-gritty decisions facing them in considering a bond proposal to complete several projects cut from previous bonds for capital construction. First the … Continue reading

Adam Farish and Bruce Pavitt Launch 8 Stem Music-mixing application revolutionizes music appreciation, sharing


–by Margie Doyle — “A vital element for the music audience now is engagement by the listener with the musician, and sharing the result on social media,” says Adam Farish in explanation of the impetus behind the creation of a new computer system application, 8Stem. Recently Adam Farish said he … Continue reading

School Board to Review Phase III Building Project at Special Meeting

Monday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. at the Orcas School Library — from Cathy Ferran for the Orcas Island School District — A Special School Board meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. to discuss, review and approve the plan for Phase III modernization and renovation. Possible … Continue reading

Senior Center Festival of Arts Will Kick Off Holidays


Saturday, November 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Senior Center — from Arron Redford — The Operations Committee of the Orcas Island Senior Center invites you to participate in our annual Holiday Festival of Arts, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 26. This is one of our major … Continue reading

EDC Gives Free Workshop on LinkedIn for Career Development

Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 1-2:00 p.m. at the San Juan Island Library — from Victoria Compton, Director, Economic Development Council (EDC)– Many people have joined LinkedIn, but how can it be used for career enhancement and to generate business? Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a FREE … Continue reading

Great Ideas from the 50-50 Visionaries Ideas emerge admidst enthusiasm for Eastsound's future


— by Margie Doyle — “We could be the model for other islands and towns; let’s use that energy to make it cool” At the 50-50 Vision for Eastsound last Wednesday evening, Oct. 26, Fred Klein spoke about the purpose of making a community vision, “The power to create the … Continue reading

Healing Arts Center Celebrates with Semi-Annual Fair


Saturday, November 12 & Sunday, November 13 Registration is now open at the Healing Arts Center; sign up ASAP to get the appointment you want. Practitioners will be offering massage/bodywork, acupuncture, and more at greatly discounted rates, only $50/hour & $30/half-hour. New: Seaweed foot soaks, just $10. All proceeds fund … Continue reading

To Our Readers: Orcas Issues Publisher Margie Doyle to Work for Orcas Center Interim position accepted at Community Center for the Arts; permanent Director sought

Dear Orcas Issues readers; Recently I was approached to help the Orcas Center during the period when they look for a new executive director. In this position, I will primarily be enabling the Center staff to continue their excellent work in providing community entertainment, lectures, classes, meetings, rehearsal and event … Continue reading

Become a Master Gardener this Spring Nine-week session on Tuesdays, January 31- March 28


Applications are due November 1 — San Juan County WSU Master Gardener program — Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 San Juan County WSU Master Gardener Training Program. Volunteer trainees will receive over 60 hours of training, both in the classroom and on-line. The training is taught by … Continue reading

Support Eastsound Post Office; Report Hospitality Abuses

— by Margie Doyle — Eastsound PostMaster Donna McNeil has a quandary. When homeless people started sleeping in the lobby of the post office in Eastsound, she allowed it, because, well, she has a heart. But now people are abusing the privilege, leaving messes, and worse, putting directories in boxes … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Concern for Eastsound’s Future Take a closer look at Klein/Trogdon Plan

— by Michael Budnick — To the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee (EPRC), sent on Oct. 10 by email to Rick Hughes/ EPRC County Liaison Dear Members of the EPRC, I am writing this letter to you out of concern for Eastsound’s future. In the late 80’s or early 90’s, … Continue reading

Vision for Eastsound: The Conversation Begins

Eastsound Sub-area map withing bold borders

— by Margie Doyle — Gretchen Krampf,Thrive Orcas Island community organizer and co-founder of Leadership San Juan Islands, said at the opening of the 50-50 Vision for Eastsound gathering last night (Wednesday, Oct. 26), “It’s the beginning of a conversation, not a plan.” Krampf referred to the initiative “Vision for … Continue reading

Eastsound Vision for the Milennials’ Future Seeking inter-generational engagement with islanders under 50 yrs


— from Gretchen Krampf — It’s a 50/50 Conversation: Eastsound Village … What’s Your Vision? Join us Wednesday, October 26th at the Eastsound Fire Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Eastsound Village is the center of Orcas Island. As our main commercial hub, it’s also slated as the area of … Continue reading