Black-tailed Deer Overabundance and Management Lecture and Community Forum

Wednesday September 20 at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall — from Joe Gaydos, SeaDoc, UC Davis Wildlife Health Center — Black-tailed deer are native to the San Juan Islands. Predator removal and modern reductions in hunting, however, have resulted in high deer densities on many islands, including Orcas. … Continue reading

Auditions for “A Christmas Carol” with Melinda Milligan — and Puppets!

Auditions Wednesday, Sept. 20 and Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Orcas Center — by Margie Doyle — Melinda Milligan looks forward to casting a raft of rowdy Orcas actors and actresses — as well as a troupe of puppeteers — this week during auditions for “A Christmas Carol,” … Continue reading

Orcas Friends’ Hour of Contemplation and Prayer

– from Deborah Sparks — The Orcas Island Friends Meeting (Quakers) welcomes all to join in an hour of contemplation and prayer every other Sunday from 9:30-10:30. The next meeting will be September 23. Friends Meeting is held in the upstairs meditation room of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Parish Hall, … Continue reading

Reclaim the Rock — an Orcas Center First

Saturday, September 23, 1 to 7 p.m. at  Orcas Center’s Live Music Outback  Stage “Reclaim the Rock,” aka Silly Season Cessation Soiree, is a mini-music festival outdoors behind Orcas Center, at Orcas Center’s new Outback Stage near the Storage Building. By Islanders, for Islanders! The lineup includes Funk Sway, Dust … Continue reading

Discuss County Comp Plan with Planning Dept. Head Eagle Forum hosts Erika Shook on Saturday

Saturday, September 23, 1 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Cindy Carter for Eagle Forum — San Juan County Planner Erica Shook will be speaking about the upcoming Comprehensive Plan update on Orcas at the Eastsound Fire Station on Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Protect Your Credit in Equifax Breach Island professional gives step-by-step instructions

— by Cathy Vierthaler, Island Business Services — You have probably heard by now about the Equifax data breach affecting more than half the US population. Here are some concrete steps to protect your credit.  It is important for all of us to protect our credit, not just the wealthy. … Continue reading

Orcas Women’s Coalition Hosts Rep. Lytton at Quarterly Meeting Participate in Action and Development Teams

Sunday, Sept. 17 from 4-6 p.m. at the Orcas Public School Cafeteria — from Gretchen Krampf for Orcas Women’s Coalition — Orcas Women’s Coalition (OWC) is a vibrant, energetic network of women and transgender people on Orcas Island, working together to create positive change through progressive reform. We believe in … Continue reading

Famed Pianist to Perform on Shaw Fundraiser for Shaw's Emergency Medical Services

— from Alex MacLeod — Well known pianist and composer Grisha Krivchenia will perform Sunday, September 24 at 4 p.m. at the Shaw Island Community Building. His performance will be a fundraiser for Shaw’s volunteer EMS team, which is raising money for a new ambulance. Grisha is well known in … Continue reading

Council to Hold Shoreline Plan Public Hearing Postponed to 2:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon

— from Ingrid Gabriel, County Council Clerk — The SJC Council’s Tuesday, September 19 Public Hearing to Adopt a Shoreline Master Program Ordinance will be postponed from its originally published time. The Public Hearing on the Shoreline Master Program Ordinance will open as advertised at 9:15 AM on September 19, … Continue reading

Editorial: Turn Concerns into Solutions Public Health Initiative is a starting point for sustainable health care

— by Margie Doyle — When presented with the petition circulated by the Coalition for Orcas Health Care (COHC), an initiative to form a public health taxing district, I was put off by its legal title: a Public Hospital Taxing District. Would I support another taxing district to build a … Continue reading

Island Sinfonia Celebrates 33 Years with an Invitation

— from Karen Blinn for Islands Sinfonia –– Celebrating the start of its 33rd season of making musical memories for all ages, the Island Sinfonia Board and current members extend an open invitation to new and returning musicians for the first of the season’s rehearsals to be held September 23 … Continue reading

5th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival: At the Edge Co-hosted by Orcas Center and San Juan Preservation Trust

Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 Orcas Center; refreshments from Cocina Latina served at 6:30 p.m. — from Susannah Weaver for Orcas Center — Celebrate the equinox with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, an evening of inspiring documentaries about young people who are healing the earth,on September 22, 7:30 … Continue reading