UW Medicine and OMF Announce UW Medicine Clinic on Orcas

— from the Orcas Medical Foundation Board — UW Medicine and Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF) are pleased to announce that we are working in partnership to ensure access to quality primary medical care at the Orcas Medical Center through the creation of a UW Medicine clinic on Orcas Island. UW … Continue reading

Island Market Hunger Bag Program A Success Food Bank delivers $5,000 worth of food through Island Market food drive

— from Orcas Island Food Bank Board — If you were one of the 314 people who paid $10 for a full bag of groceries to be given to the Orcas Island Food Bank during the Holidays, you helped Island Market deliver a total of 2453 pounds – almost $5,000 worth … Continue reading

Where Your Food Bank Donations Go And why the year-end donation drive is so important

— from the Orcas Island Food Bank — 55% of the food and money the Orcas Island Food Bank receives is from our incredible Orcas community. The 33% of Community Food Donations (fresh produce, canned and other food stuffs) and 22% Community Donated Money makes up more than half of … Continue reading

A Day at the Orcas Island Food Bank

— from Madie Murray — The following article was originally published in November of 2011. Not much has changed in our day-to-day operations since then and we thought it might be nice to re-tell it (with minor updates) during this fundraising time. It pretty much relates the heart and soul … Continue reading

And The Winners Are… Drum roll please!

— from Madie Murray for Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program — Out of a record 27 home brews entered into the competition during the Sixth Annual Cider & Mead Festival on July 23, three emerged to be judged the Best of the Fest! Each winner received a beautiful one-of-a-kind … Continue reading

Medical Provider Joins Orcas Medical Center

— from the Orcas Medical Foundation Board — We are pleased to announce that Kirsten Pickard, ARNP, FNP-BC, has joined Orcas Medical Center (OMC) in Eastsound and is now seeing patients. Pickard earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA in 2004. … Continue reading

Sixth Annual Cider And Mead Festival This Saturday Ciders, Meads and Music on the Village Green July 23

— from Madie Murray — It’s that time again! For the sixth year in a row, Orcas Island will host the Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival on Saturday, July 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Eastsound Village Green in Eastsound, WA – a major fundraiser for … Continue reading

Home Brew Cider & Mead Brewers – Get Ready Top 3 winners will have something to growl about!

— from Madie Murray — It’s just about time to see if the home brewed ciders and meads you’ve been pampering for weeks, months or even years will make the cut for “BEST OF THE FEST” in our home brew cider and mead competition. It will be held on Saturday, … Continue reading

Kids Sought for Pilot Summer Program for Grades 7-10

— by Madie Murray — Would you like your son or daughter entering grade 7 through 10 to be part of a new summer program that will teach new experience-based learning skills through fun, interactive engagement? The program will primarily focus on math, reading, writing, and science. Learning will be … Continue reading

Reservations Still Available for Restoration Talk

— from Maddie Murray — The Olga Strawberry Council invites you to come to the Catkin Cafe this Friday evening, June10th at 6:00 for beverages and small bites and to hear the story of the rebuilding and restoration of the historic Olga Strawberry Barrel Plant after the 2013 fire. As a … Continue reading

Raised from the Ashes – Better Than Ever

Friday, June 10, 6 p.m., Catkin Café — from Olga Strawberry Council — July 19, 2013: If you were here on the island that day, you would well remember knowing of, or even experiencing, the arson fire that severely damaged the historic Strawberry Barreling Plant Building in Olga and its … Continue reading

Stories from Those Who Lived the Marshall Strawberry Era

Saturday, May 28, 2 p.m. at the Olga Community (Energetic) Club — from the Olga Strawberry Council– You are invited to witness an event that will probably never happen again anywhere. On Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m. in the Olga Community Club (the Olga Energetic Club), long-time Orcas Islanders … Continue reading

The Marshall Strawberry and Its Significance on Orcas Island

by the Olga Strawberry Council The Marshall Strawberry, lauded to be the sweetest of them all, was the species grown here on Orcas Island and disbursed to places far and wide between the early 1930s and about 1943. Its fame and fortune was cut short because of disease and World … Continue reading