Public Historian Describes “Washington at War” The Evergreen State in World War I

The Orcas Island Library and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging conversation with Public Historian Lorraine McConaghy. This free event takes place Thursday, May 25 at Orcas Island Community Church 176 Madrona St, Eastsound, WA 98245. One-hundred years ago in 1917, the US entered The Great War to … Continue reading

EMERGENCE Exhibit Will Feature First Nation Artists Runs Memorial Day through Labor Day

— from Diane Martindale for San Juan Islands Museum of Art — EMERGENCE is the exhibition of First Nation Legendary & Emerging Artists
 that will run through Labor Day. In this exhibition, voices of First Nation ancestors speak through the work of a new generation of artists and their honored mentors. San Juan … Continue reading

10M Gallons of Sewage Diverted from Washington Waters in 2016 Services will reach the San Juan Islands, particularly near Sucia Island this summer

— from Washington Sea Grant — In 2016, the Washington Clean Vessel Act, a joint project of Washington State Parks, U.S. Fish & Wildlife and Washington Sea Grant, based within the UW College of the Environment, helped divert a record 10 million gallons of raw sewage from Puget Sound, Lake … Continue reading

Stockwell to Share Her El Camino de Santiago Trip "Stepping Out in Faith"

Saturday, May 27, 11 a.m., Orcas Senior Center — from Faith Heath for Orcas Community Church — All island women are invited to come hear adventurous long-distance hiker and new Orcas Islander Judy Stockwell speak at the annual Women’s Spring Luncheon hosted by Orcas Island Community Church on Saturday, May … Continue reading

Orcas Medical Foundation Hosts Q & A with UW Representatives Look ahead, advise clinic administrators

— by Dali Cuthbert — Concerned islanders — medical patients and practitioners — packed the Madrona Room at the Orcas Center on Saturday, May 13, for the Annual Meeting of the Orcas Medical Foundation, founded in 1956. It has operated the Orcas Medical Clinic on Mt. Baker Road since 1991. … Continue reading

SchoolMessenger Provides Safe, Secure Messages to Students’ Families Communications system funded by Orcas Island Educational Foundation (OIEF)

— by Eric Webb, Orcas Island School District (OISD) — If you are an Orcas Island School District parent, you may recall hearing a lot from me (Superintendent Webb) back in February and March thanks to Orcas Island Education Foundation’s funding of the implementation of the SchoolMessenger grant! School Messenger … Continue reading

Island Sinfonia to Perform at the Orcas Center Featuring violin and cello solos

— from Karen Blinn for Island Sinfonia — Island Sinfonia, the inter-island chamber orchestra in the San Juan Islands, will be performing an exciting mix of old and new music at the Orcas Center on Sunday, May 21, at 3 pm. Tickets are available at the box office for $10 … Continue reading

“Waltzing” – First All-Strings Concert May 18, High School Gym

— from Kristen Wilson — A first-of-its-kind All-Strings concert will be presented by the Orcas Island Schools on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in the High School gym. Featuring 57 student musicians from ages 7 to 18, as well as dancers, this concert offers a chance to see the … Continue reading

Help Feed our Orcas: “DamNation: Film Showing & Discussion Opportunities for citizen action to promote Chinook Salmon

Monday, May 15, 7 p.m., Odd Fellows Hall — from Suzanne Heyd — There will be a screening of the award-winning documentary “DamNation” (2014) followed by a brief presentation on concerns about the Lower Snake River Dams and opportunities for citizen action and influence on the need for breaching and … Continue reading

Researching Our History A free workshop for anyone with a story to tell

Saturday, May 13, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church — from Sandy Strehlou for Writing Our History Project — There is still room for local history buffs who want to attend this Saturday’s workshop “Researching Our History” taking place from 12:30pm – 4:30pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church Hall in East … Continue reading