Rock of Orcas to Dive into the Music of the 80s Three Choirs and Dance Classes forming

— from Grace McCune — Orcas Island: We Will Rock You! You have been warned. Get your bangles and bandannas on: The creative team of Grace McCune and Jake Perrine, who brought you “Moulin Rouge” and “Across the Universe,” will serve up Orcas Center’s next musical extravaganza: ROCK OF ORCAS … Continue reading

Guest Column: “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” Early words from a non-violent Civil Rights Leader

— by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — 16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Never a Better Time for School Bond

— from Jim Shaffer-Bauck — One of the most important investments a community can make is in the education of its youth,  an investment that produces returns not only to the students directly benefiting, but also to the character of the community in general. The upcoming bond issue represents such … Continue reading

The Promise of Martin Luther King, Jr. Marches On Commemorate his words and work at Emmanuel Parish Hall at 6:30 tonight

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up.” ~ Martin Luther King, … Continue reading

“Growler” Draft Environmental Impact Statement: The Emperor Has No Clothes Deadline for comments on Jan. 25

–from Chom Greacen, Member, Quiet Skies over San Juan County– The Navy plans to add 36 EA-18G “Growler” fighter jets and roughly double the number of Growler flight operations out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The only thing standing in its way is completion of the Environmental Impact Statement … Continue reading

Funhouse Commons Mentor Program a Win-Win Every child can benefit from a mentor

— from Sarah McKay — The Funhouse Commons Mentor program matches children with talented, caring adults in the community who can help teach them a new skill, provide a listening ear, go on adventures, and simply be a friend.  National studies show that children who have mentors are more likely to succeed … Continue reading

Funhouse Commons to Offer Second Season of ‘Stepping-Up’ After-School Program

— from Trillium Swanson — The Funhouse Commons is offering a second season of Stepping Up, the outdoor exploration club for students in grades 5 – 8. Last year participants visited local parks such as Judd Cove, and camped out on their June outing at Obstruction Pass State Park. The … Continue reading

Inslee Statement on Democratic Caucus Education Funding Task Force

— from Tara Lee — “The work of this task force is incredibly important and instrumental in making sure legislators can focus on our number one priority starting on the first day of the legislative session. “Task force members were charged with developing recommendations about how to accomplish the remaining … Continue reading

Go Jump in the Lake! with Orcas Island Rowing

Sunday, January 1 at 11 a.m. Sharp Orcas Island Rowing is once again encouraging all the brave souls on Orcas Island to take a quick dip into Cascade Lake on New Year’s Day, January 1st. This is a fundraiser to help youth rowers get to regattas, so come buy a … Continue reading

Students Saving Energy to Combat Climate Change

— from Katie Fleming — Extreme weather events, rising sea levels, melting glacier – oh my! While climate change is an overwhelming issue, there is certainly hope, especially in the collective power of individual actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the underlying principle of the Cool School Challenge (CSC), … Continue reading

Seattle Youth Lead the Way in Climate Protection State gov't has responsibility to protect the future by protecting the environment, judge rules

by Phuong Le | AP December 20 at 9:36 PM Eight Seattle children should have “their day in court” to argue that Washington state and others aren’t protecting them from climate change, a judge ruled. King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill on Monday allowed the young petitioners to move ahead in … Continue reading

Sexuality Education Classes Offered for Grades 10-12 UPDATED

— from Sandi Burt — OWL offers honest, accurate information about sexuality that can change lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. The OWL program offers a safe environment for a small group of … Continue reading

Snow, Cold, Library Work Continues on Schedule

— from the Orcas Island Library — Framing: The majority of the framing was estimated to be complete last week. Additional miscellaneous areas will be completed in December. Roof Framing / Sheathing and Water Barrier Installation: Roof sheathing will start on December 5. The roof envelope and underlayment is expected … Continue reading