Wednesday, July 12, 5 p.m., Village Green
— from Judy Whiting for OPAL —
Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib and Sen. Kevin Ranker will join local leaders on the stage at the Village Green on Wednesday, July 12 in support of affordable housing, which remains Orcas Island’s most critical need.
“Let’s Hear It for Affordable Housing!” – a picnic and rally organized by OPAL Community Land Trust – begins at 5 p.m., with the program starting at 6 p.m.
“We invited the Lt. Governor and Senator to add their unique perspectives on the importance of economic diversity and the roles that affordable housing and local impact investing play in our community,” explained Lisa Byers, OPAL executive director.
Joining Habib and Ranker will be Councilman Rick Hughes; Jacob Linnes, co-manager of Island Market; and OPAL homeowner Monique Turner, who will be acting as celebrity participants in a special “Housing Jeopardy” game.
A picnic will be provided by the Orcas Village Store; cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. Other activities include music by the Turtleback Brass and booths where islanders can provide input, tell their stories and learn where their action and involvement are needed.
Afterward, walking tours of the proposed April’s Grove rental neighborhood on North Beach Road will be led by OPAL staff and trustees.
Sponsoring the picnic and rally are Island Market, the Orcas Village Store, San Juan Propane, Islanders Bank, Nickel Bros., San Juan Insurance, Washington Federal Bank and The Exchange/Orcas Recycling Services.
For more information, go to www.opalclt.org or call (360) 376-3191.