A Community Conversation: Transgender Identities 101

Thursday, October 26, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Parish Hall — from The Rev. Berto Gándara-Perea, Rector, Emmanuel Episcopal Church — Emmanuel Episcopal Church and Safe San Juans are co-hosting a conversation about transgender identities. Join to learn everything you want to know about being transgender but are afraid to ask. We will have … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Gimme Shelter

— from Joe Symons — Someone seeking refuge is a refugee. My dictionary defines refuge as a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble. A refuge is also something providing shelter: the family came to be seen as a refuge from a harsh world. Prior to 1970, one might imagine that those … Continue reading

Senior Center Offering Advanced Directive/Living Will Workshop

Wednesday, October 25, 1 – 3 p.m., Senior Center — from Sara Boyle for Orcas Senior Center — Join us for a hands-on tutorial Wednesday, October 25, from 1-3 p.m. for step-by-step instructions in filling out an Advanced Directive/Living Will. The workshop is led by RN Libby Garcia who has … Continue reading

Worried About Opioid Addiction? Explanation of acupuncture as alternative pain remedy

Saturday, Oct. 28, at 1 pm. at Orcas Fire Hall — from Dr. Vincent Shu — Vincent Shu, MD, will address the opioid painkiller epidemic in his presentation “Early Usage of Acupuncture for Pain Management to Prevent Drug Addiction” at the Eastsound Fire Hall on Oct. 28. “To stop the … Continue reading

New Shoreline Regulations Effective Monday, October 30

— from San Juan County Communications — On Monday October 16, 2017, Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) announced official approval for San Juan County’s updated Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The updated shoreline regulations go into effect on Monday October 30, 2017. After this date, a pre-application meeting is required prior to … Continue reading

Don’t Miss Eat Island Grown This Sunday Expanded to include an auction

Sunday, October 22, 12 – 4 p.m., Friday Harbor Brickworks — from Barbara Marrett for San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — This Sunday, October 22, don’t miss “Eat Island Grown.” This mouthwatering event celebrating the islands’ unique cuisine will feature the best tastes of the San Juan Islands, showcasing local chefs and … Continue reading

Get Your Boo On at the Odd Fellows "Young Frankenstein" is the movie choice Oct. 28

— from Tom McDonough for the Odd Fellows — To quote Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: “It’s Alive. Alive! It’s Alive!” The votes are in: The Orcas movie pick is “Young Frankenstein” as the Odd Fellows Halloween Movie for Saturday October 28 at 6 pm! And it’s free! Then on October 31, … Continue reading

Doe Bay Open Mic Will Benefit Orcas Film Fest for October

— 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 pm and Open Mic begins at 7:30 pm. Come out and support O.I. Film … Continue reading

A Mostly New School Board Coming this November Orcas Issues interviews the three newcomers

— by Ayn Gailey, Orcas Issues reporter — In November, there will be three Orcas Island School District (OISD) school board candidates on the ballot, all running unopposed. The candidates, John Fleming (District 1), Diane Boerstler (District 2) and Josh Culp (District 3) should bring interesting and diverse points of … Continue reading