Bernie Sanders Gathering this Wednesday

Wednesday, July 29 at 6 pm. in Friday Harbor — from Sharon Abreu — There will be a gathering in support of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in Friday Harbor this Wednesday, July 29. You can RSVP for the event here: There’s a 10 p.m. ferry from Friday Harbor that … Continue reading

Explore the Sacred Feminine at Labyrinth Workshop

Thursday, July 30 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Emmanuel Parish Hall Inside Labyrinth — from Emmanuel Episcopal Parish — For the feast day of Mary Magdalene, we will explore aspects of the sacred feminine as told through the mythology of her life. Weaving her story with the classic labyrinthine … Continue reading

Travel the World of Stories with Eth-Noh-Tec Storyfest


History-based “Red Altar” the finale to a week of storytelling  — by Margie Doyle — “Once Upon a Time… long, long ago…” with those magical, mythical words, the world of entrancing stories opens up to a hungry audience. Every two years for the last 10 years, Orcas Islanders enjoy StoryFest, … Continue reading

Orcas Issues Presents: “Democracy Futures” with Lori Benjamin

Climate Resilience for All of Us When I think about climate change, earthquakes, and the end of civilization as we know it, I find myself pining over the small but significant comforts I’ll miss: Floss. Contact solution. A fresh toothbrush. Yes, it’s true — I’m as tied into the consumer … Continue reading

Connecting on Climate Educator Workshop

August 3-4 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An Educators Workshop, “Connecting on Climate” will be held next week on San Juan Island. The two-day workshop is sponsored by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior and San Juan Island National Historic Park. The National Park Service Climate … Continue reading

Random Howse: the Go-To Spot for Lively Entertainment

Random Howse feature

World of Stories, Acoustic and LOUD music featured this week — by Margie Doyle — Random Howse is making an indelible impression on those who want to taste first-hand a variety of entertainment. New General Manager Wendy Shinstine is working towards the goal of entertainment five nights a week to … Continue reading

Calendula Workshop A “Salvy” Success

The first workshop held in our Public School Garden was on July 23. Those who came made calendula salve from the garden’s own flowers, dried and steeped in oil for more than 3 weeks, and beeswax. They experimented with adding dock, fresh petals, lavender and blackberry. If you have a … Continue reading

Kids 5-16 Who Exhibit Can Get into County Fair Free

— from the San Juan County Fair — That’s right, kids and parents! The only requirement for kids to get in free at the Fair this year is to participate in at least one of the 24 exhibitor departments showcased at the San Juan County Fair, August 12-15, 2015. This offer, … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Rental Housing and “Families”


— by Fred Klein — First off, OPAL is to be congratulated for thinking big and initiating the first large, affordable rental housing initiative that Eastsound’s seen since Wally and Gretchen Gudgell’s creation of Lavender Hollow over twenty years ago. Likewise, OPAL’s approach to gather community input via an initial … Continue reading

Special Film Event: “The Secret Handshake”


Thursday, July 23 – 7:30pm Sea View Theatre — from Donna Laslo — Howie Klausner, former Orcas Island resident and Hollywood screen writer, is back on the island for a special screening of his new indie feature, “The Secret Handshake,” Starring Kevin Sorbo and Amy Grant. The movie was filmed … Continue reading

Membership Drive is ON at Orcas Senior Center

No age requirement to get Senior Center Benefits! — from Jami Mitchell, Senior Center Manager — The annual membership drive for the Orcas Island Senior Center is in full swing! Member perks have been added, expanded, and re-vamped to make the benefits of membership enticing, advantageous, and convenient to use. … Continue reading

Market Day at Emmanuel Episcopal

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Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church grounds — from Judy Schliebus for Emmanuel Episcopal Parish — It’s time for St. Agnes Guild’s 66th Annual Market Day, which will be held this Saturday, July 25th, on the Episcopal Church lawn from 10 a.m. … Continue reading

Naturalists Program Starts on Anacortes/San Juan Islands Sailings

 —  from Lynne Griffith, Assistant Secretary WSDOT/Ferries Division —  Starting on Wednesday, July 22, our popular Ferry Naturalist Program resumes on select Anacortes/Friday Harbor sailings. This longstanding partnership between WSF, the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor and Orca Network educates visitors to San Juan Island about the Southern Resident killer whales … Continue reading

Lummis and Unitarian Universalists Unite for Totem Pole Journey

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To support opposition to fossil fuel production and transportation   — from the Lummi Nation and the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship — Each year for the past two years, [Lummi] tribal members, led by Master Carver Jewell James of the Lummi Nation’s House of Tears Carvers, have carved and transported totem … Continue reading

Youth Conservation Corps Restores Fish Habitat

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–by Katarina Schiller, Maya Heikinnen and Taylor Morrison with Trillium Swanson, Crew Leader — The Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps recently spent three days working on fish habitat restoration projects with Tina Whitman, Science Director for Friends of the San Juan. The first day we worked at West Beach Creek, … Continue reading