Electronic Warfare Range in our Backyard? Just Four Days to Comment

Comments Accepted Until Friday, Nov. 28 – from Adam Ashton for the Tacoma News Tribune – The Forest Service is extending a public comment period on the Navy’s request to use forestland for electronic warfare training that would benefit a growing fleet of EA-18 Growler jets based at Naval Air … Continue reading

Abreu’s Song Included in Spiritual Progressives’ Album

Sharon Abreu captures Spiritual Progressives with "The Left Hand of God"

Orcas Islander Sharon Abreu sings on the album, “Radical Amazement,” a compilation of songs by various artists, released by the Network of Spiritual Progressives. The Network announced the new work, saying, “‘Radical Amazement’ is a collection of songs by a diverse array of artists, all with a message of love, … Continue reading

Pot Growing Moratorium Meeting Adds Speakers

Tuesday, November 25, at 7 p.m. at the San Juan Island Grange Hall, 152 First Street North, Friday Harbor — from Boyd Pratt — San Juan Island Grange #966 is hosting an informational forum on The Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at … Continue reading

Anthony Howe Creates Art for Barney’s New York


— from Lynn Sharpless White  – The Snow Spirits Orcas artist Anthony Howe has created a luminous, festive installation for Barney’s New York department store holiday windows. Howe’s window display captures the season yet steps out of tradition and nostalgia. These shining, radiant works set the season in motion and … Continue reading

Holiday Festival of the Arts Brightens the Senior Center

Marcia Gillingham, Joyce Green and Mary Greenwell , (with a baby in the cradle behind them) welcome all to the Holiday Festival of the Arts at the Senior Center 2013

Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orcas Senior Center — from the Orcas Senior Center — Once again, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, The Senior Center Operations Committee starts the fun, food and festivities of the Holiday Season with its traditional “Holiday Festival of Arts.” On … Continue reading

Dance Tonight to Fund New Exchange Building!

Friday, Nov. 21 at 9 p.m. at Random Howse – from Wendy Shinstine — Come celebrate and help raise funds for a new building for The Exchange! Members of the Board will be present for information and questions. $10 suggested cover donation – 21+ Even if you can’t come to … Continue reading

2nd Annual Holiday Art Walk Comes to Eastsound

Friday, November 28, 2014 from 3-6 p.m. – from Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce — Join galleries and businesses throughout Eastsound as we celebrate our local arts scene! Why go off island when you can find beautiful, functional, and handmade gifts right here and support our local economy? Take a … Continue reading

An Enchanted Evening: Community Solar for Our Schools Fundraising Dinner and Auction

Funhouse solar pizza ovens

Saturday, December 6 at 6 p.m., at the Episcopal Parish Hall – from Michel Vekved – Save the date and come support Community Solar for Our Schools on Saturday, December 6 at the Episcopal Parish Hall! We have an Enchanted Evening planned to celebrate community and support Solar for Our … Continue reading

All Invited to Exhibit Photography at Orcas Center in December

Zen Fire by Martin Taylor

— Open to all Orcas Photographers – from Martin Taylor – There will be a photography show at the Orcas Center in December. Work will be hung in the lobby and the Madrona Room. The show’s theme is “Life on Orcas.”  All Orcas Island photographers are invited to submit work … Continue reading

Actors Theater Showcases Orcas Playwrights in “Familiar Distance”

 — by Margie Doyle – Orcas playwrights Michele Griskey, Lin McNulty and James Wolf have created landscapes of home in three complex, provocative plays, collectively titled, “Familiar Distance.” The plays are produced by Lin McNulty and directed by Lynda Sanders, Lin McNulty and Robert Hall. On opening night, seven Orcas … 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

Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweickart to Speak on Threat of Asteroid Impacts

RustyPhoto feature

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