Food Bank News and Annual Drive From the Orcas Island Food Bank Board

We can’t believe another year has passed, and it’s time again to give you an update of the Food Bank’s annual accomplishments and launch our ANNUAL FOOD AND FUND DRIVE! Our New Look! In March, the community helped us choose our new logo. Many thanks for your enthusiastic participation! Emergency … Continue reading

Food Bank Thanks All Who Came Our Open House was a hit

— from Orcas Island Food Bank Board — The day was beautiful, the setting was perfect and a good time was had by all. The Board and our wonderful volunteers wish to thank those who came to visit the Food Bank on Sunday the 24th, noshed great goodies provided by Brown … Continue reading

Report to the Community: First Day as a UW Medicine Clinic from the Orcas Medical Foundation

The OMF Board received the following in an email note from Debra Gussin, Executive Director of UW Neighborhood Clinics, on Tuesday morning regarding how things went at the Clinic on its opening day as a UW Medicine Clinic. The Board felt they should share it with you, the community: Day … Continue reading

Come See How the Food Bank Works You're Invited to our Open House!

— from the Food Bank Board — We’re sure there are many members of the community who would like to see the inside of our Food Bank and learn how we distribute food and other essentials to our clients but never had the opportunity. That’s why on Sunday, September 24 … Continue reading

Business Spotlight: Could More Bikes on Orcas Mean Fewer Cars? Wildlife 100 Tour this Sunday

— by Susan McBain — Biking is big in the San Juans. And the number of bikers is going to keep growing, especially in the summer, says Dan Christopherson, owner of Wildlife Cycles in Eastsound. “First, the number of tourists keeps increasing, and lots of them are bikers—individuals, families and … Continue reading

OPALCO’s 2017 Submarine Cable Project: Steps Taken to Avoid Outages

— by Susan McBain — OPALCO’s project to finish replacing its 1977 submarine cable between San Juan and Lopez Island is nearing completion. The new cable being laid in September—almost 2.6 miles of it—will be the last crossing in OPALCO’s system to be replaced with cable containing fiber optics. OPALCO … Continue reading

Monty Python’s Spamalot Promises Laugh Out Loud Moments

Thursday – Saturday, March 16 – 18, 23-25, Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver for Orcas Center — Beginning Mar. 16 Orcas Center will feature the award winning musical Monty Python’s Spamalot, on Center Stage with Doug Bechtel directing an all-island cast. Bring the whole family for a laugh out … Continue reading

Catkin Cafe Hosts Student Chef Winner

— from Ashley Randall — On February 3, Catkin Café hosted Orcas School’s Student Chef Winner, Theo Vaccarella, and six friends for a pasta making class. Theo won first place in the 2016 Student Chef Competition with his healthful and tasty garden meatball soup. Under the direction of Angela Emery, … Continue reading

UW Medicine and OMF Announce UW Medicine Clinic on Orcas

— from the Orcas Medical Foundation Board — UW Medicine and Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF) are pleased to announce that we are working in partnership to ensure access to quality primary medical care at the Orcas Medical Center through the creation of a UW Medicine clinic on Orcas Island. UW … Continue reading

Where Your Food Bank Donations Go And why the year-end donation drive is so important

— from the Orcas Island Food Bank — 55% of the food and money the Orcas Island Food Bank receives is from our incredible Orcas community. The 33% of Community Food Donations (fresh produce, canned and other food stuffs) and 22% Community Donated Money makes up more than half of … Continue reading

A Day at the Orcas Island Food Bank

— from Madie Murray — The following article was originally published in November of 2011. Not much has changed in our day-to-day operations since then and we thought it might be nice to re-tell it (with minor updates) during this fundraising time. It pretty much relates the heart and soul … Continue reading

Orcas Public School’s Farm to Cafeteria Program in September

— by Ashley Randall — During our first week back to Farm to Classroom (K-5th), we tasted and painted with beets! We gathered around a large bed of beets, and examined the vegetable’s leaves and colorful stalks. Upon harvesting the root vegetable, we identified the three varieties and examined the … Continue reading

Orcas Fire and Rescue Joins Other Agencies to Rescue Two Boatloads of Kayakers

— from Orcas Island Fire and Rescue (OIFR)– Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol (Boat and Helicopter), YMCA Camp Orkila, Washington State Parks and Outer Island Excursions responded to an emergency call at 9:40 a.m. reporting five kayakers in the water south of … Continue reading

Creating with Calendula in the School Garden

— by Ashley Randall — While waiting for our salves to set, we turned to a large bed of calendula flowers for inspiration. We identified and discussed the assortment of calendula flowers used in the salves. We hand picked seeds from the dried flowers to fill seed packets. And a … Continue reading

And The Winners Are… Drum roll please!

— from Madie Murray for Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program — Out of a record 27 home brews entered into the competition during the Sixth Annual Cider & Mead Festival on July 23, three emerged to be judged the Best of the Fest! Each winner received a beautiful one-of-a-kind … Continue reading

Medical Provider Joins Orcas Medical Center

— from the Orcas Medical Foundation Board — We are pleased to announce that Kirsten Pickard, ARNP, FNP-BC, has joined Orcas Medical Center (OMC) in Eastsound and is now seeing patients. Pickard earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA in 2004. … Continue reading