Funhouse Commons Recognized by Statewide Organization

– from Krista Bouchey – The Funhouse Commons Mentor program was just named a Dedicated Partner by Mentoring Works Washington. The Funhouse Commons achieved Dedicated level through a rigorous, guided evaluation process that is based on over 20 years of national research and experienced practitioner insight and includes ongoing assistance … Continue reading

Visit Indian Island at Night

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Monday, January 19, 9 p.m., Outlook Inn — from Russel Barsh – The Indian Island Marine Health Observatory officially launches its 2015 research season on January 19, with an annual nighttime low-tide exploration of Eastsound’s very own special island. “Different animals visit Indian island in winter,” says Indian Island lead … Continue reading

School Bond Project Continues Apace

– by Margie Doyle – When Orcas Middle School students returned to their classrooms on Monday, they found a brand new situation in their “new” Middle School. Just before winter break, school district staff boxed up and moved their materials from the “1980s” Middle School/cafeteria/home ec/music room building, so that … Continue reading

Preschools Offer Empathy Workshop for Young Parents

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Saturday, January 10, 10 a.m. — 2:30 p.m., Senior Center – from Susan Anderson,  Executive Director, Children’s House – Empathy can provide precious companionship for the stresses, challenges and joys of parenting. Empathy gives children a stable foundation of knowing that they matter and are loved through all the opportunities … Continue reading

Doe Bay’s Pizza and Open Mic Nights to Benefit Orcas Island Rowing

 — by Martin Taylor – Doe Bay’s Pizza and Open Mic Thursday nights in January will benefit Orcas Island Rowing. Thursday Evenings are Open Mic & Pizza Night from 5-10 p.m. Go to Doe Bay Cafe for local and regional talent for their weekly Open Mic and Pizza night! Just come … Continue reading

Watch the Video and Help Jordan Griffith Advance as a Videographer

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(Update, Dec. 28 at 2:30 p.m.: To see the video at 7 p.m. tonight, click on this link: ) December 17, 1991 Rachel Griffin was five months pregnant with her twin boys when she was notified that their father was killed while serving our country. Sixteen years later, on … Continue reading

Do the Polar Bear Plunge 2015 : Disco Dive

 — by Martin Taylor – Be Orcas and be alive on New Year’s Day 2015!  Revel in a wonderful Orcas Tradition: Orcas Island Rowing’s “Polar Bear Plunge.” Residents and visitors alike charge headlong into Cascade Lake en masse. Within a few seconds they re-emerge happy that they accomplished the feat, … Continue reading

Grow Your Heart with Orcas Island’s Little Ones!

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Celebrating the Holidays with Orcas Island’s Early Childhood Programs – by Mariah Miller – Orcas Island is home to four diverse Early Childhood Education programs. Each school is unique in how it prepares for, and celebrates, the holiday season with our island’s infant through preschool-aged children. Salmonberry School held its … Continue reading

KWIAHT Announces 2015 Community Science Training

 — from Russel Barsh — The nonprofit conservation laboratory Kwiaht has announced a special training program for islanders interested in providing science outreach to visitors and schools at ten long-term monitoring stations in the San Juan Islands, including parts of the recently established National Monument. Volunteer opportunities for trainees will … Continue reading