Here's What's Happening on Orcas Island!
April 1, 2021
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ORCAS ISLAND DINING GUIDE
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LOCAL, COUNTY, STATE, FEDERAL RESOURCES
WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
This Director's report includes small business grants and provides assistance in navigating the application portal. There is addditional information relevant to issues in Washington State. Read more...

IMPORTANT NEWS FROM SAN JUAN COUNTY
Re-opening rules and travel restrictions adopted by the CDC guidelines that San Juan County is following. Read more...

WASHINGTON ACHIEVEMENT COUNCIL: COVID & K-12 STUDENTS
Education Insights: examining the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on K-12 students. Although evidence of the pandemic’s impact on K-12 students’ learning is still emerging, available data suggests that many of these students may be facing challenges. Read more...

EDC PRESENTS 11TH ANNUAL ECONOMIC LUNCHEON
Join the conversation on "What’s Next: The Islands Economy" held online on Wednesday, April 28, 11 am-12:30 pm, featuring economist Yoram Bauman and San Juan County Auditor Milene Henley. Read more...
NEW THIS EDITION AND EVENTS THIS WEEK
COMMUNITY CHURCH EASTER SERVICES
Everyone is invited to online or in-person services (following social distance and mask protocols). Holy Week includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Sunrise Service and 2 Easter Services. See complete schedule at orcaschurch.org

ORCAS ROTARY AND PUBLIC LIBRARY HOST COMMUNITY TALK
Brendan Cowan, Director of Emergency Management, San Juan County, will engage us on Disaster Preparedness Friday, April 2, 9-10 am. “Being Prepared Is the Island Way”. Read more...
ORCAS LIONS AND KIWANIS - EASTER TREATS
The bunny is back. On Saturday, April 3, from 10 am to noon, there will be Easter treats, drive through style, at the Public School drop off and pick up lane. This is open to all. We need to keep him in practice so he will be able to do the traditional egg hunt in 2022!
SAN JUAN COUNTY LAND BANK COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
Got questions for Your Conservation Land Bank? We want to hear from you! Join us on Zoom for our Community Conversation series. We will host public meetings on Wednesdays- April 7, and April 14 from 5:30 pm-7 pm. Read more...
FREE OICMF EVENT: COOKING WITH JOHN LARGESS
On Sunday, April 11, at 1 pm, don’t miss Miró Quartet violist and chef extraordinaire John Largess as he joins Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival with a free livestream cooking class, where he leads the audience in preparing Chicken Pot Pie. Read more...

ORCAS GARDEN CLUB PRESENTATION
On Wednesday, April 21, the Orcas Island Garden Club will welcome Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott to give a virtual presentation titled The Informed Gardener: Gardening Myths. Dr. Chalker-Scott will help us differentiate good gardening advice from bad advice. The answers may surprise you! Read more...
SAVE ON YOUR MEMBERSHIP: ORCAS GOLF
Become a member and play all you want for less than the price of just two rounds a month! We have been building an 18-hole mini golf course with lots of island themed holes. Come and play! Read more...
HOW MANY BOOKS CAN YOU FIND?
Orcas Senior Center is excited to announce the installation of a Little Free Library at Orcas Senior Center (OSC). So, on your next trip to town, stop by 62 Henry Road, borrow a book, and check out our Little Free Library masterpiece. Read more...

RED RABBIT FARM OFFERING
Red Rabbit Farm has a limited selection of kitchen equipment, including two commercial refrigerators, free to an Orcas Island non-profit, call 360-376-3208 to request an appointment.
STEVE RESCH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
It’s that time of year again! Time to hit the links in memory of our very special friend, Steve Resch. All proceeds from The Steve Resch Memorial Golf Tournment benefit the Steve Resch Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is awarded to a college-bound graduate from Orcas Island. Read more...
FROM LAST EDITION AND BEYOND
ECO CLEANERS REOPENS
EcoCleaners will be open April 1. Monday-Friday, 9am to 2pm. 360-202-6226.
Airport Office Center, Suite A5 and A6, 1286 Mt Baker Road.

INVITATION TO BE IN THE MAKER'S DIRECTORY
This Spring the San Juan Makers Guild is busy launching the online countywide Makers Directory and is hosting an important interactive Asset Mapping project to help strengthen the Maker Community. Read more...

MORAN MANSION MUSEUM TOURS
The Mansion is open to the public for a self-guided tour from 8 am - 9 pm daily. The tour is free. Rosario Resort: 360-376-2152

ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
The Pioneer Museum is open 11 am-3 pm, Thursday-Saturday. The exhibit hall features Women's Clubs of Orcas Island. orcasmuseums.org. 360-376-4849.
RESTAURANTS
LIMITED INDOOR DINING
Restaurants are allowed to open with 50% capacity. The following restaurants are now open for indoor dining: Enzo's Cafe, Island Skillet, Kingfish at West Sound, Lower Tavern, Rosario Resort, White Horse Pub.
ORCAS ISLAND WINERY WINE GARDEN & TASTING LOUNGE
Current hours are 12-6 pm, Thursday-Sunday. Limited indoor seating and lots of outdoor seating (weather permitting). orcasislandwinery.com 360-797-5062

ROSARIO RESORT MANSION RESTAURANT & MORAN LOUNGE
Hours are: Breakfast, 9-11am, Friday and Saturday. Lunch, 12-4 pm, Friday and Saturday. Dinner, 4-8 pm, Wednesday and Thursday; 4-9 pm, Friday and Saturday; 4-7 pm on Sunday.

KINGFISH AT WEST SOUND IS OPEN!
Limited indoor and outdoor dining. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 5-9 pm. Click here to make reservations.

CATKIN CAFE REOPENS
Open hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10-4 pm for take out and outdoor dining.
CLEVER COW CREAMERY IS BACK
Hours for March and April are Thursday-Sunday, 12 pm-6 pm. Come on by for your favorite ice cream, homemade waffle cones, shakes, shrubs, affogatos, and more!

DOE BAY CAFE SPRING SCHEDULE
Dinner Friday-Sunday, 5-8 pm. Brunch Saturday & Sunday, 9 am-1pm.
Phone-in orders to 360-376-8059 Visit doebay.com/cafe/menu for more details.

SHIP BAY REOPENS APRIL 8
Ship Bay will re-open for Dining on April 8th! Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 4pm to 7pm. Join us for causal "Bistro Style" service with “socially distanced” tables. Lots of "fresh air" will be featured with outdoor seating as weather allows, sweaters & coats are strongly recommended.

SHOP THE ROCK
TRÈS FABU! OPEN APRIL 1ST!
We are so excited to reopen at Tres Fabu! and hope you’ll swing by to see what’s new for SPRING and to enter our drawing this weekend for $100 gift certificate! We are bringing in a few fresh lines this year, and many great favorites. Let’s hope things get back to normal this summer, and celebrate a first Friday party in the future! Open Monday-Saturday, 11-4 pm.

OLGA'S IS NOW OPEN FOR 2021!
We are back and excited to share new offerings for a new year! We will be limiting guests to 4 at a time and providing sanitizer. Spring hours: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 11-4 and Fridays, 11-3 pm. Also offering private appointments Monday and Tuesday please text 360-298-2639 to schedule.
HAPPY EASTER FROM MONKEY PUZZLE
New Spring items and Sallie Bell's favorite bunnies are in the store! We also have smoked lox for sale along with the BEST toffee on Orcas. Hours are Friday-Saturday, 11-3 pm and Sunday 12-3 pm.
NEW JOB POSTINGS
New job positions are listed here and will be posted for 2 weeks. You can check all job postings from Chamber businesses HERE.
ORCAS SENIOR CENTER SEEKS COMPANION SERVICES COORDINATOR 
This position coordinates oversight and functionality of the Companion Services program (i.e., Hearts and Hands, Buddy Check-In, and other companion services). Please send cover letter and resume to admin@orcasseniors.org. Only serious applicants need apply. Read more...

PUBLIC SRVICES LIBRARIAN FOR PROGRAMS & COMMUNICATION
Hours: part-time, starting at 15 hours/week. Application deadline: by April 5, 2021 for first consideration; open until filled. For more information: visit orcaslibrary.org; or contact Phil Heikkinen, Library Director, at 360-376-4985, or via email at pheikkinen@orcaslibrary.org.

OPAL COMMUNITY LAND TRUST
Hiring a Community Engagement Manager. Want to engage community members about permanently affordable homes on Orcas Island? Are you comfortable writing/editing both print, video and social media posts? Do you love planning and coordinating events, working with volunteers, and taking photos? Then this is the 30-40 hour/week job for you! To apply, go to the news page of OPAL’s website, www.opalclt.org and send your application by noon Monday, April 12.

ORCAS VILLAGE STORE
Looking for retail help: stocking and checking. Benefits include: health insurance (dental, vision, pharmaceutical, general), IRA account, personal time off. So much more than just a grocery store. Join our crew of friendly, dynamic, & enterprising personnel. Inquire with Ron & Mary at the Orcas Village Store: 360-376-8860 or info@orcasvillagestore.com

ORCAS ADVENTURES IS HIRING
You must live on Orcas, have a driver's license, know how to swim, obtain a food handler's permit, and enjoy customer interaction. We seek reliable, confident, goal oriented, self-motivated individuals that thrive in a fast paced environment. Equal opportunity employer. Part-time and full time positions available. Applications & information at orcasadventures.com/employment

VOYAGER SANDWICHES & SEAFOOD LOOKING FOR LINE COOK
Want to make some amazingly tasty Sandwiches with some fun folks? Let’s talk. Daytime hours and a full tip share. Contact Information: Send your resume to voyagerorcas@gmail.com or come by the shop.
"Sunset amid the trees"
(photo by Lance Evans)
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