Watch Installation of Funhouse Solar System!

 — from Krista Bouchey, The Funhouse Commons Executive Director – Funhouse Solar System is being installed today and tomorrow! With the break in the weather, we are excited to announce that our photovoltaic solar demonstration system is being installed today and tomorrow, Oct. 29 and 30! This project was made … Continue reading

Round One of TEDxOrcasIsland: This IS America Announced


November 8, 2014, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Orcas Center – from Adam Farish, TEDxOrcasIsland Curator – “This IS America” : Exploring the relationship between our Island individualism and our place within the larger collective American experiment. Presentation topics will range from psychology and medicine, law enforcement, media reporting, oceanic … Continue reading

“Strengthening Island Families” Workshop Series Begins

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Saturday, November 1, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Orcas Senior Center Ray Soriano to kick off parenting series in two-part presentation – from Susan Anderson,  Executive Director, Orcas Island Children’s House – Evidence shows that children who experience sensitive care-giving in the first five years have better social-emotional, language and … Continue reading

Geddes Returns to School!

 — by Madie Murray – If you have ever enjoyed a meal at the Inn at Ship Bay, then you have experienced food at its finest. Farm to Cafeteria is proud to announce that Geddes Martin, chef extraordinaire at Inn of Ship Bay, returns to school for the second time … Continue reading

Local Construction Experts Tour School’s Bond Project


— by Paula Treneer — Members of the Orcas Island School Board and other community members instrumental in achieving the goal of school bond approval (“A Way Forward”) convened at the Orcas Island School District campus on October 2nd for a brief tour of the ongoing construction site. The $11.9 … Continue reading

Funhouse Commons Offers College Prep Presentation

Monday, September 29, 6:30 p.m., Funhouse Commons  — from Kimberley Ihlenfeldt, Program Director, Funhouse Commons – On Monday, September 29, as part of its annual College Counseling program, The Funhouse Commons will be hosting an event for parents with prospective college students at the Orcas High School Commons. The event … Continue reading

F2C Program Visited by Cascade Culinary Students

 — by Madie Murray, Farm to Cafeteria Committee – We had the honor of being visited by nine students from the Cascade Culinary Institute located in Bend, Oregon recently. The group was led by Chef Julian Darwin who put together the journey that also included visits to The Willows on … Continue reading

Open Houses Set for 2015 Leadership Program

Leadership San Juans continues -- next applications due Oct. 31

Wednesday, October 8, 5:30-7 p.m. on Orcas Island: Heartwood House – from Leadership San Juan Islands – The chance for San Juan County residents to learn more about their community and themselves returns, as Leadership San Juan Islands (LSJI) prepares for its eleventh year. Applications for the county-wide program are … Continue reading

Celebrate National 4-H Week by Joining or Volunteering


– from D. N. Kinsey for Orcas 4-H — More than 6 million young people across the United States will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October. San Juan County 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that … Continue reading

Guitar-Making Class Raising Funds for Special Router

 — from Corey Wiscomb, Orcas High School teacher – Last scholastic year, with the help of Orcas Island Education Foundation (OIEF), the Orcas High School introduced a new course in STEM Guitar Building.  The hands-on course gained an instant popularity with students as an approach that immediately applies the taught … Continue reading

PTSA Hosts Back-to-School BBQ and Roller Skating

— from Cathy Faulkner, for Orcas Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA)– Orcas PTSA’s annual Back to School Barbecue is Friday, Sept. 26 from 5-7 p.m., and is also the kickoff of the Friday Night Roller Skating Season. Meet our special guest, OISD Superintendent Eric Webb. The free barbecue will be near the … Continue reading