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

Holiday Open House at The Whale Museum

— from the Whale Museum, Friday Harbor – The Whale Museum is hosting a holiday open house on the evening of Friday, December 5th until 6:30 p.m. Come to Friday Harbor’s Tree Lighting and enjoy the festivities. After the Tree Lighting, there will be holiday refreshments and goodies to enjoy … Continue reading

Become a Mentor!

– from Kimberley Ihlenfeldt – The Funhouse Commons on Orcas Island is actively seeking responsible, energetic, caring people, teens or adults, for one-on-one, or project-based mentors. They also welcome parents who are looking to have their child connected with a caring adult. Mentoring relationships are an essential part of reaching … Continue reading

What’s Farm to Classroom Been Up To?

— from Madie Murray — Farm to Classroom is experienced by all of our public school students from Kindergarten through grade 8. For those of you curious about what students do in these classes, here’s a brief summary of just a few of the exciting food-farm-garden projects they have experienced … Continue reading

EDC Offers FREE Workshop on Business Planning and Financing

Friday, Nov. 21, from 8:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Orcas Island Library The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas Island, on Friday, November 21, from 8:45am until 12:30 p.m. Advance registration is required. The business … Continue reading

Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweickart to Speak on Threat of Asteroid Impacts

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Wednesday, November 19 5:30 p.m., at the Episcopal Parish Hall – from Michael Riordan – This Wednesday Apollo 9 astronaut Russell L. “Rusty” Schweickart will visit Orcas Island to deliver a seminar about the dangers of asteroid impacts. Such a “near-Earth object” (NEO) exploded in the skies of Chelyabinsk, Russia, … Continue reading

Orcas Musicians Perform at North Sound Honor Festival

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— by Kristen Wilson for Music Advocacy Group (MAG) — Nine musicians from Orcas High School’s Strings and Band Classes attended this year’s North Sound Honor Festival on November 3. Presented by the San Juan Music Educators Association, the Festival hosted some of the top musicians (245 students from 16 … Continue reading

Now Recruiting for 2015 Master Gardener Training!

– from Pegi Groundwater — Would you like to be a WSU Master Gardener volunteer? Are you interested in receiving university-level training in horticulture? If you have the passion, willingness, and commitment to serve your community, then come join us! We are currently still receiving applications for our 2015 Master … Continue reading