Marine Science Lecture: “Ocean Exploration”

Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Parish Hall — from the SeaDoc Society — Scientist and educator Timothy Dwyer will speak on October 13 to kick off SeaDoc/Camp Orkila’s annual Marine Science Lecture series. A teacher at the Spring Street International School, Dwyer was recently selected as a … Continue reading

Orcas Island School District Board Holds Annual Retreat

Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 to 2:30 at Camp Orkila Alumni House — from the Orcas Island School District — Notice of a Special Meeting School Board Retreat Saturday, October 10, 2015: Public Meeting: The Alumni House CampOrkila 484 Camp Orkila Road Eastsound, WA Agenda 10:00 am: CALL TO ORDER … 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

Guest Column: The Cancer of Global Warming (cont’d.)

(This is part two of a 2 part commentary. See yesterday’s Orcas Issues for part one) — by Joe Symons of — There is only one question that needs to be asked, regardless of your age or occupation. Whether you are a school teacher or administrator, an employee, a … Continue reading

Open House for Leadership San Juan Islands Class XII

— from Liz Illg, Co-Director Leadership San Juan Islands — Leadership San Juan Islands is looking for a few islanders to participate in a five month program to become more knowledgeable and skilled at getting things done in the county. An Open House is planned for Eastsound, October 14 from … 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

Funhouse Offers Ninth Annual College Counseling Event

— from Rebecca DeMeritt for The Funhouse — The Funhouse and Orcas Island High School are teaming up for the annual post-high school “Futures Fair” for Orcas Island high school students on Tuesday, October 6th and Wednesday, October 7th. Peg Keough, College Financing Expert, will offer an evening event for … Continue reading

Larsen Votes Against Irresponsible Defense Spending

— from the Office of U.S. Representative Rick Larsen — Rick Larsen, WA-02, voted [on Oct. 1, 2015] against a bill that busts defense spending caps by more than $38 billion, giving the Department of Defense (DOD) a temporary free pass on spending while continuing with harmful cuts to domestic … 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

Child Find to Hold Friendly Developmental Screening

Register Now for Wednesday October 7 appointments for Children ages 3-5  — from Theresa Mayr, Orcas Elementary School Principal — What is the purpose of a Child Find Screening? The purpose of the screening is to identify any factors that may interfere with your child’s learning, growth, and development. The … Continue reading

The Fresh, New Face of Farm to Cafeteria

Ashley Randall, new F2C Coordinator

–by Madie Murray — You may have noticed some recent Farm to Cafeteria articles being written by Ashley Randall, Farm to Cafeteria Coordinator. You’ll be seeing many more. Yes, she’s finally on board after spending the summer interning at Black Dog Farm and is now beginning to take on the … Continue reading

Local Co-ops Join in Celebration of National Co-op Month

Activities, Workshops, Goodies and Prizes for Co-op Members — from Suzanne Olson for OPALCO — The Orcas Food Co-op, San Juan Island Food Co-op and OPALCO have joined forces to bring the National Co-op Month celebration San Juan County. During the month of October, we are cooperatively offering family activities, … Continue reading

Whale of a Show: An Island Tradition

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 — from Artha Kass for Orcas Center — It is time for the annual Orcas all-kid talent show, Whale of a Show on Saturday, September 26 at 6:30 pm at Orcas Center! Directed by Didier Gincig and crew, this annual event is an opportunity to see our talented Island youth … Continue reading

It’s Harvest Season – Come to the Seed-Saving Workshop

— from Sustainable Orcas Island — Come to the Orcas Island Library in Eastsound this Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm for a hands-on seed cleaning workshop with Katie Wilkins. We will practice threshing and winnowing seeds to get them ready for storage, and discuss seed growing … Continue reading

Kids’ Pioneer Clubs This Fall

–by Meredith Griffith — Island kids from four years through sixth grade are invited to attend weekly Pioneer Clubs at Orcas Island Community Church this school year. Clubs will be divided by age into Skippers (ages four and five); Scooters (kindergarten); Voyagers (first and second grade); Pathfinders (third and fourth … Continue reading

The Concerto Project for Young Adults with Autism Launches Capital Campaign

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— from The Concerto Project  ( — The Concerto Project has announced the launch of a $10 million capital campaign to fund the purchase of Mount Baker Farm and Scenic Railroad on Orcas Island and the construction of five homes for professional staff and participants. The Concerto Project was begun … Continue reading

Roger Sherman to Speak on the Harmony of the Spheres

— from Orcas Currents –– On Thursday, September 24, Orcas impresario Roger Sherman will treat islanders to an Orcas Currents lecture on “Harmony of the Spheres: the Music of the Cosmos.” Encompassing music, mathematics, nature, science and history, his multifaceted presentation will begin at 5:30 pm in the Orcas Island … Continue reading