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

Leadership San Juans Forming New Class for 2015

Leadership San Juan Islands (LSJI) is reaching out to the community to complete its enrollments for their 5 month long community leadership program. It runs from January 9 until May 29. The course has 12 meeting days (3 half-days and 9 full days). LSJI has incorporated a unique community facilitation … Continue reading

Round Three of TEDxOrcasIsland: This IS America Announced


Saturday, November 8, Orcas Center TEDxOrcasIsland to feature 15 local and national speakers This Saturday, November 8, Orcas Island will host TEDxOrcasIsland – a day-long conference featuring 15 speakers of diverse backgrounds, 3 musical performances, and a theater full of engaged community members. If you haven’t already purchased your ticket … Continue reading

Conversation of Prevention and Choices at Joint Meeting

VOICES for Healthy Choices: A Community Conversation about Prevention The League of Women Voters San Juan and San Juan Island Prevention Coalition are partnering for their November meetings. Join us on November 14th from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. Complimentary lunch will be provided from … Continue reading

Orcas Power Teams with the Funhouse Commons

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— from Suzanne Olson for Orcas Power and Light Co-operative (OPALCO) — – from Suzanne Olson, OPALCO – The Funhouse Commons is in the process of becoming OPALCO’s 170th local renewable energy generator, bringing our total production to 1 megawatt capacity of locally produced power. The Funhouse will use their … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Theatre an Act of Empathy

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— by Jake Perrine — “Who Needs Performing Arts?” Working with the creative team at Orcas Center this fall to resurrect the high school drama program, and preparing to spearhead the community-wide pageant that is A Christmas Carol, I am consistently reminded of the importance of the performing arts in … Continue reading