Town Hall #2: Public Hospital District: How It Works

— from Alison Shaw for the Coalition for Orcas Healthcare — The Coalition for Orcas Healthcare is pleased to announce its second Town Hall Meeting on Monday, December 18, from 5:30- 7:00 PM, in the Orcas Island Public High School Cafeteria. Residents are invited to hear more information and voice … Continue reading

Open Enrollment Assistance for Apple Health Insurance

Thursday, Dec. 14 by appointment — from Brad Brown for Our Revolution of San Juan County —  Our Revolution of San Juan County is sponsoring assistance with enrolling in health insurance for 2018. Residents of San Juan County who need help enrolling in the Apple Health Program (Washington’s expanded Medicaid) or … Continue reading

Community Foundation Names Coach Dahl as 2017 ‘Flat Person’

— from Kate Long for the Orcas Island Community Foundation — OICF revealed the ‘Flat Person’ who will champion our 2017 GiveOrcas holiday giving campaign. After a week of online guessing, Director Hilary Canty revealed ‘Flat Coach,’ a full-size cardboard cutout of Coach Dennis Dahl. Community members entered 145 guesses … Continue reading

Community Band Will Once Again Fill Orcas Center With Holiday Music An Orcas Island favorite tradition

Sunday, December 17, 3 p.m., Orcas Center — from Timothy Jenson — This December 17 at 3 p.m, the Orcas Island Community Band, conducted by Jim Shaffer-Bauck and Karen Key Speck, will once again be performing their annual Christmas Concert at the Orcas Center. All members of the community are … Continue reading

The Spirit of “A Christmas Carol:” Jim Bredouw Musical Director "Money doesn’t bring joy nearly as much as kindness and being with loved ones."

“A Christmas Carol” plays Dec. 13-17 at Orcas Center — by Margie Doyle — “A Christmas Carol,” with Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come, captivated Jim Bredouw as a nine-year-old. He’s probably seen every film version of it; his reincarnation of it, … Continue reading

Children’s House Invites All Aboard the Santa Train

Saturday, December 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mt. Baker Farm — from Susan Anderson for Children’s House — Join Children’s House for the Inaugural Santa Train event at Mt. Baker Farm. Pet the farm animals, tour the historic depot, climb aboard the holiday train, bring your camera for a … 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

Lions Santa Ship Bringing Holiday Joy to Orcas Come to the Ferry Landing Saturday morning

Sunday December 10, 11 a.m. till 1 p.m, Orcas Ferry Landing — from Jim Biddick — In parts of the world, Santa arrives by sleigh, slides down chimneys, or walks through front doors. But for people living in small island communities in the Pacific Northwest, access to the mainland is limited … Continue reading

“Sing Noel!” with Orcas Choral Society

Saturday, December 9, 7:30 p.m., Sunday December 10, 2 p.m., Orcas Center — from Lynn Baker for Orcas Choral Society — Sing for joy! Sound the trumpets! Sing Noel with the Orcas Choral Society and Turtleback Brass, this weekend, December 9 and 10 at the Orcas Center. “Voices and brass … Continue reading

Does County Have an Open Spot for You?

— from San Juan County Communications — The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Committee Position Expires Term Length Member Name Agricultural Resources Committee Position #3 At Large Aug 31 2019 12:00AM Partial Agricultural Resources Committee … Continue reading

Town Hall on Hospital District Draws Throngs of Islanders Next meeting to be Dec. 18

— by Susan McBain, Orcas Issues reporter, updated Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. — High Community Interest in Public Hospital District Town Hall Meeting More than 100 people crowded into the Orcas Fire District’s Eastsound meeting room on Thursday, Nov. 30, for the first of four Town Hall meetings sponsored … Continue reading

A Beloved Island Tradition, “A Christmas Carol” Returns to Orcas Center

Wednesday – Sunday, December 13 – 17, 7:30 p.m., December 16, 2 p.m., Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver for Orcas Center — Celebrate the season with the truly beloved holiday favorite A Christmas Carol starting December 13 on Center Stage. A Christmas Carol will run for five performances, December … Continue reading

PeaceHealth Hosting “Getting Through the Holidays”

Tuesday, December 12 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center — from Bev Mayhew for Peace Island Medical Center — PeaceHealth is hosting a free event, “Getting through the holidays,” on Tuesday, December  12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, 1117 Spring … Continue reading