Library Winter Book Sale Next Month Get your reading glasses ready

Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., School Cafeteria — from Madeline Sheplor — Rake in some great book bargains at the Friends of the Orcas Island Public Library Winter Book Sale, March 10 at the Orcas Island School Cafeteria 557 School Rd., Eastsound. The book sale leaves few … Continue reading

OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Scholarship Applications Due March 9 $1,000 + for Sophomores and Juniors

–from Suzanne Olson for OPALCO — OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors of OPALCO member households. Up to five scholars will receive a $1,000 scholarship from OPALCO and the family of Nourdine Jensen, as well as an all-expenses paid trip … Continue reading

First Annual Grilled Cheese Showdown Nigh

Wednesday, February 14, 5:30 p.m., Orcas School Cafeteria — from Janet Brownell — The Orcas Island Education Foundation (OIEF) invites you to the First Annual Grilled Cheese Showdown. Yes, you read correctly grilled cheese. This family-friendly fundraiser takes place on Wednesday, February 14 starting at 5:30 in the public school … Continue reading

Applications Open for OICF Grants

— from Kate Long for Orcas Island Community Foundation — Orcas Island Community Foundation’s primary goal is to enhance and preserve the quality of life on Orcas Island. To help accomplish this goal, OICF distributes grants from the Community Endowment Fund on an annual basis. The grants are supplemented with … Continue reading

Fidelis Flea Market Seeks Vendors To be held in March this year

— from Margot Shaw — Calling all vendors. The annual Fidelis Flea Market and Craft Fair, previously held in February, will be Saturday, March 10 this year. No one has to slog through snow or deluge to get there. We’re now taking vendor reservations for just $25 a table. Call … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Many Brought Holiday Cheer to Island Children

— from Erin O’Dell, Orcas Community Resource Center — Orcas Island elves by the dozens were head-over-heels busy at the close of 2017, bringing joy to holiday celebrations with gifts to island families. Thanks to the elves who chose tags from the Giving Tree at Island Market, Orcas children are reading … Continue reading

Doe Bay Open Mic Supports Salmonberry in February Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

— from Doe Bay Music — Join island visitors and residents to share music, spoken word, and other performances on the night when we come together in that ancient ritual of community and communion. The Café is open from 5-10 p.m. and Open Mic begins at 7:30 p.m. Come out … Continue reading

Tax Help at Orcas Senior Center Wednesdays, February 7 through April 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

— from Jim Biddick — Jim Biddick (Lions Club) and John Carl (Kiwanis Club) will be available to assist with taxes at the Orcas Senior Center on Wednesday February 7 through April 11 from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. The tax service is for low to moderate income taxpayers ( … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Thank you as Orcas Family Health Continues Financial Drive

— from Ken Speck, President, Orcas Family Health Center — This is a huge “thank you” to the many people who have responded to our request for funds to support the continuation of Orcas Family Health Center (OFHC). I am very pleased to tell you OFHC has received $145,000 to … Continue reading

Learn About Community Foundation Grantmaking Practices, processes and applications for all Orcas nonprofits

— from Kate Long for OICF — All nonprofits serving Orcas Island are invited to join Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF) for a Grantee Stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, January 16 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Emanuel Parish Hall. At this meeting we will: Discuss OICF grantmaking practices in general Give … Continue reading

San Juan Islands License Plate Petition Needs Your Signature

— from San Juan Islands Conservation District — We need your help! We are almost there. The San Juan Islands License Plate will raise money for local organizations’ conservation projects. We just need a few more signatures. If you have not yet signed the petition, please go to, scroll down … Continue reading

Reception to Benefit Whale Museum Education, Research Programs

Thursday, January 11, 6 – 8 p.m., The Whale Museum — from Jill Berger for The Whale Museum — Join us January 11, from 6-8 p.m. for a Reception at The Whale Museum to explore the Museum and enjoy excellent food, drinks, friends and the unveiling of our newest exhibits. … Continue reading

Novel Lab Partners With Funhouse and OI Lit Fest

— from Sam Gailey, Novel Lab co-founder — photos courtesy of Novel Lab & Novel Lab Kids is transforming the literary landscape of Orcas Island. A non-profit version of Novel Lab’s adult writing workshops, they have partnered with the Funhouse to go after grants that will extend its current … Continue reading