Senate Democrats Pass Bills Supporting LGBTQ Children

— from Senator Kevin Ranker’s Office — [Yesterday, January 19] the Senate passed two important bills protecting LGBTQ children: SB 5722, banning conversion therapy for children, and SB 5766, preventing bullying in schools. “I am proud that our state stands up for all people, especially our most vulnerable. All children … Continue reading

Writers Table Brings String Tales to the Library An Interactive Presentation and Workshop with Anne Focke

Sunday, January 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Public Library — from JoEllen Moldoff — Anne Focke will introduce you to her adaptation of literatura de cordel, or “string literature,” a popular form of publishing that thrives in Brazil. She coined the expression “string tales” for her own … Continue reading

Ranker Reports on Legislature’s Work School funding, capital budget jobs and environmental protections on the agenda

— from State Senator Kevin Ranker — With Democrats in the majority in the Washington State Senate, we have begun advancing critical legislation that reflects our progressive values. We have already introduced the Voting Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Evergreen Free College Act, a bill to institute better … Continue reading

Ranker: Senate Democrats’ Sweeping Higher Education Agenda Ensuring access and opportunity for all Washingtonians

— from Senator Kevin Ranker’s Office — As chair of the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee, Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, has assembled a sweeping agenda for the committee to push back on the Trump administration and ensure access and opportunity for every student in Washington state. “We … Continue reading

Dictatorship Imagined: New Literature Course at Library Novels of Authoritarianism and Totalitarianism, led by Jens Kruse

— from the Orcas Island Public Library — Orcas Library is proud to announce a new literature course, starting on February 1st. “Dictatorship Imagined: Novels of Authoritarianism and Totalitarianism” will address the fact that daily news and events can be confusing and disorienting, and it can be difficult to know … Continue reading

Skagit Valley College Life Transitions Program Offered Free in Friday Harbor

— from Arden Ainley for Skagit Valley College — Skagit Valley College’s (SVC) Life Transitions Program will be offered FREE at SVC’s San Juan Center in Friday Harbor. Classes begin on January 8, 2018. SVC’s Life Transitions program is designed to help individuals who are looking into their options for employment, college, or … Continue reading

Artsmith Offers Scholarships to Writer Island Workshops Register/submit application by Dec. 31

— from Jill Johnson for Artsmith — Artsmith is offering two Writer Island Workshop retreats in 2018, and two scholarships, too! Join Peggy Shumaker on March 2-3 for “Generosity & Joy!” The workshop will focus on language that opposes hatred and fear. We will write with exuberance and curiosity and … Continue reading

Aerodynamics, Inertia, Drag, Statistical Data Manipulation Come Together at Orcas Christian School

— from Ron Claus — Recently the Jr. High Students at Orcas Christian School worked on a complex project involving pine wood derby cars. Rather than focus just on the racing competition, the goal was determine what made one vehicle faster than another. The students were surprised that weight and … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Science Has Made America Great

–by Neal Lane and Michael Riordan, as published in — This coming Sunday, December 10, millions of people around the world will watch as eight U.S. researchers—two of them foreign born—receive prestigious Nobel Prizes in Stockholm for major scientific contributions that “have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind.” These … Continue reading

Soroptimists Accepting Applications for Educational/Training Awards

— from Nancy DeVaux for Soroptimists of Friday Harbor — The Soroptimists of Friday Harbor are currently accepting applications for their “Educational Opportunity” and “Fellowship” awards. Eligible women who are residents of San Juan County are encouraged to apply. The $2,000 Educational Opportunity Award is for a woman in financial need, … Continue reading

Rhinoceros Auklet Mortality and Beach Bird Surveys Marine Science Lecture with Julia Parrish

Tuesday 12 December 2017 – 6pm dinner – 7pm lecture at Camp Orkila Larry Norman Lodge Fledge your nest on Tuesday, December 12th and come enjoy a free dinner while learning about Rhinoceros auklets, one of the most common but peculiar-looking birds in the Salish Sea. A relative of the … Continue reading