Chair Yoga Now Twice a Week

Chair Yoga at the Senior Center now twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays

 — from Sara Dailey-Smith — Chair Yoga returns to the Senior Center on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, starting Sept 1, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. This gentle way of practicing yoga eases tensions acquired from challenges of everyday life stresses or chronic disease. One’s limitations are considered and adapted, … Continue reading

Sign Up to Volunteer for Fall Park & Rec Programs

Pre-register now — from Kim Ihlenfeldt for Orcas Park and Rec — Orcas Park and Rec is looking for sports coordinators, volunteers and coaches for soccer, flag football, running club, wrestling, basketball, and more for the upcoming fall season. If you enjoy making a positive impact in the lives of … Continue reading

Doe Bay Thursdays to Benefit the Funhouse

— from the Funhouse Commons — Help us grow strong & healthy kids by “chowing for children” at Doe Bay Café every Thursday night during September in support of a new playground at the Funhouse Commons! Thanks to the generosity of donors at our annual Gala fundraiser this year and … Continue reading

Eth-Noh-Tec at the Sunday Concert on the Green

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— from Eth-Noh-Tec — The world of Asia is not too far away! The last “Sunday Concert” on Eastsound’s “Stage on the Green” presents performers Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo of Eth-Noh-Tec Sunday Aug. 30th, 5-6:30pm. They will share tales in their movement and music style of telling from the … Continue reading

Orcas Fire and Rescue Sends Unit to Fight Eastern WA Fire

The following letter was written by Acting Fire Chief Mik Preysz to Orcas Fire and Rescue Commissioners on Aug.27: Dear Commissioners: I am writing you to let you know that I authorized the deployment of our Brush truck with Seth Ybarra as “Engine Leader” to the Kettle Complex (60,000 acres) … Continue reading

San Juan Island’s Scenic Westside Preserve More than Doubles in Size


— from the San Juan County Land Bank — The San Juan County Land Bank received a 30-acre donation along Westside Road on San Juan last Friday, August 21st. “We are very happy to see this special piece of land preserved for future generations and enjoyed by a wider public,” … Continue reading

Flooding Flaws Fixed at Elementary School

 — by Margie Doyle — While the star of the School District show at this Saturday’s event may be the completion of the $11.9M Bond project, there’s a pretty impressive sideshow taking place at the north addition to the Nellie Milton (brick) elementary building. Catastrophic flooding over a period of … Continue reading

Islands Art Museum: It’s the Light, Always the Light

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Opening Reception Friday, August 28 from 5-8 p.m. in Friday Harbor — by Diane Martindale for the San Juan Islands Museum of Art — Three artists capture the uniquely muted Pacific Northwest light to create gems for the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) shows opening August 29. Michael … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Orcas Fire and Rescue Honors Fallen Firefighters

— from Miklos Preysz, Acting Chief, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue (OIFR) — On August 25, 2015 at approximately 1900, a “paddle-out” memorial ceremony was performed for the three fallen Twisp Firefighters at Eastsound Waterfront Park. We regret to announce that OIFR was unable to formally attend. OIFR, in the … Continue reading

Help Celebrate Your “Island Fare”

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— by Margie Doyle — There’s an intergenerational triumverate at work on Orcas Island to bring “a place where islanders can gather — albeit via the magic of the Internet,” says octogenarian Charles Binford. Together with the resources of 20-something Joe Boucher and Baby Boomer Gerry Baker, a new, interactive … Continue reading

Farmers Market: A Summer Tradition for Locals and Visitors

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— by Margie Doyle — The Orcas Island Farmers Market may be the greatest single tourist attraction on the island, but it is also a summer Saturday tradition for many islanders. Which is only fitting, because only Orcas Islanders can sell their products –whether farm produce, dairy or crafted items … Continue reading