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April 29, 2021
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ORCAS ISLAND DINING GUIDE
(Updated April 29)
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LEILA KLEIN
Relax | revive | refine at LEILA KLEIN offering manicures | pedicure |
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Owner: Leila Klein Phone: 206-445-5001
365 North Beach Rd, Unit 103
LOCAL, COUNTY, STATE, FEDERAL RESOURCES
EDC NEWS: RESTAURANT GRANT REGISTRATION BEGINS APRIL 30!  
Register for an account at 6a PST, or check your Square or Toast account for more information. You can register here: restaurants.sba.gov. More info is available here: sba.gov/restaurants. Other grants and information from the EDC in Read more...

GOING BIG ON BROADBAND
Historic funding levels and new state report put Washington state on path to accomplish nation’s most aggressive broadband goals and break down digital equity barriers. Read more...

BELLAIR AIRPORTER SHUTTLE
Service between Anacortes and Burlington (with connections to/from SeaTac Airport) will resume on Saturday, May 1 with five eastbound and four westbound trips every day. Service to/from Paine Field in Everett is varied.

WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
COVID-19 Vaccines: Just the facts! Part 2. As part of our ongoing efforts to dispel rumors and provide factual information, we’d like to answer a few more questions. Read more...
NEW THIS EDITION AND EVENTS THIS WEEK
ORCAS ISLAND FARMERS MARKET SATURDAY
Saturdays, starting May 1 to September. 10 am-3 pm. Local produce, plant starts, artisan crafts, flowers, and many more goodies. Featuring many new vendors for the 2021 season. NEW! OIFM is proud to announce we are able to take EBT SNAP benefits for payments! OIFM is also seeking donations via the Spring OICF GiveOrcas Fundraising Cycle May 3-17. Love Your Local Economy? Put Your Money Where Your Market. orcasislandfarmersmarket.org
SPRING CLEAN-UP: ORCAS SENIOR CENTER
Sunday, May 2, 11 am-3 pm. Are you itching to get outside in this beautiful spring weather and socialize safely? Orcas Senior Center will have the perfect opportunity for you. We need help cleaning up our grounds, and will be weeding, raking, deadheading, trimming, and much more. For information, call 360-919-9312 or email admin@orcasseniors.orgRead more...
MASTER GARDENERS SPRING PLANT SALE 
Wednesday, May 5, 9 am-May 12, 5 pm. Lots of grown-with-love local perennials from the gardens of Orcas Island Master Gardeners and healthy, wonderful vegetable starts need new homes! Order early as some perennial selections are limited. More details in the online store SpringSale.org

ORCAS CENTER: RON MYERS
Friday, May 7, 7 pm. Streaming at OrcasCenter.org. "A forty-year professional career precluded music as a full-time endeavor. I was afforded the opportunity to travel world-wide; always having a piano to play. Dance bands, radio shows, piano bars, weddings, variety shows, restaurants, special events have all contributed to my musical experience" (Ron Myers).

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY SCHOLARSHIPS
All graduating seniors residing on Orcas Island are encouraged to apply for one of our three $1500 scholarships to be awarded this year. Applications and information are available at your school office for OIHS, OASIS, and OCS students. For additional information or an application form please send inquiry to: barbara.nigretto@gmail.com

ECO CLEANERS, INC
Comforter Special for the month of May! Bring any duvet, comforter, quilt of any size and we'll clean it for only $25. Looking forward to seeing you! Monday to Friday, 9 am-2 pm. 360-202-6226

KELLEY PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
Pressure washing services: Roofs, siding, gutters, Decks, piers, docks, railings, concrete landings, walkways, propane tanks, brick and rock work. Call today for a free estimate. Call or text John at 360-298 4038. Email:

GIVEORCAS: BE A BUDDY!
Orcas Senior Center (OSC) was selected to participate in the 2021 OICF GiveOrcas fundraising campaign, May 3-17. With your help OSC will raise $19,000 and contribute up to $6,000 in matching funds so that isolated seniors can receive “check-in” phone calls from “Buddies” affirming their welfare and safety. Be a Buddy!  Mark your calendars and contribute by going to GiveOrcas.org and selecting Orcas Senior Center. Read more...

APPLY TO BECOME PART OF FAIR MARKET SERIES
As part of the 2021 Virtual San Juan County Fair “Lettuce Entertain Ewe”, the fairgrounds staff will be producing a Fair Market Series! The first two will be held on Saturday, May 8 and 22. We are looking for vendors of all types including: food vendors, farmers, crafters and artists, community organizations looking to fundraise, and family and friends cleaning house. These fun community events will be full of new surprises. Applications are available at the Fair website or via email info@sjcfair.org  

COFFELT FARM REPORT
Conservation Agriculture Resource Team (CART) – Coffelt Farm Report is now available for Public viewing and comments to SJC Land Bank. Comments can be emailed to tanjaw@sjclandbank.org or mailed to the office: SJCLB, 350 Court Street No. 6, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Please submit your comments by May 16. Read more...
FROM LAST EDITION AND BEYOND
FREE HANDS-ON TRADES CLASSES FOR KIDS
Kids from all over San Juan County have a chance to do a free, fun masonry project put on by the Economic Development Council (EDC) and WSU Extension’s San Juan County 4-H Program. Read more...

LEARN COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN WITH THE EDC
Those seeking to enter a new career or boost their jobs skills are invited to learn Computer Aided Design (CAD) in a free, online class offered by the Economic Development Council (EDC). Brett Paul, Staff Engineer at Luxel, will be teaching a five-week introduction to CAD, May 18-June 15, on Tuesday evenings, at 7-8:30 PM, over Zoom. Read more...

DOE BAY ARTIST IN RESIDENCY-THE ALL SUMMER LONG FESTIVAL
Join us for the pandemic version of Doe Bay Fest – Emphasizing Music and Musicians in a Safe Way. Performances vary by week so please check back for the latest information. Read more...

LIONS CLUB SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Each year, thanks to fundraising and generous donations from the local community, the Orcas Island Lion Club awards scholarships to graduates of Orcas Island High Schools. Some of these are designated as “academic” and others are “vocational”. Read more...

THE FLOWER PROGRAM AT ORCAS FOOD COOP
FLOWER stands for... Fresh, Local, and Organic Within Everyone's Reach and allows participants a 10% discount on eligible items every time they shop if they meet the income requirements. Read more...

MAG'S CONCERT VIDEO FOR SCHOOL MUSIC IS HERE
Watch Concert on YouTube. Bravo!! OISD Strings and Band student musicians perform in Music Advocacy Group’s (MAG) “2021 Surprise Concert for School Music“ at OIMAG.org, and on our YouTube Channel. This special video is in lieu of MAG’s annual “100 Musicians! 1 Great Show!” Spring fund-raiser for music education in the public school. Thank YOU for supporting school music. 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, Inn at Ship Bay, Island Skillet, Kingfish at West Sound, Lower Tavern, Madrona Bar & Grill, Mijitas Mexican Kitchen, Rosario Resort, White Horse Pub.
CLEVER COW CREAMERY HOURS
Clever Cow Creamery's hours will be changing on May 1. We will be open Thursday-Monday, 12 pm-8 pm starting Saturday, May 1. 

MIJITAS MEXICAN KITCHEN
Open for indoor and patio dining and take-out. Monday-Saturdays, 4-8 pm.

CATKIN CAFE
Catkin Cafe will be closed this weekend, 4/30 - 5/2. Back next weekend for Mother’s Day Brunch.

BUCK BAY OYSTER & WINE BAR OPENING
Buck Bay Shellfish Farm opens Saturday, May 1. The Bistro, Oyster & Wine Bar at Buck Bay is now open 11:30 am-6 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday) and 12 pm-5 pm (Sunday). Closed Thursdays.
SHOP THE ROCK
NEST
Spring is here and Mother’s Day is on the horizon so it’s time to start thinking about how to show Mom some extra love. We have some beautiful flowers coming out of the garden as well as our usually sourced flowers and would love to create a beautiful floral arrangement for you to pick up or have delivered. Call 360-376-4580 or Text 360-202-9601 to place your order.
MONKEY PUZZLE: MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS
Featuring Mother's Day Jewelry this week. Also, carrying wooden bowls and artifacts by colorful NW artist Ara Borealis. A student of well known Irishman, Jimmy Clewes, her work is innovative and masterfully done. We are now open 7 days 11-4.

ORCAS ARTS & GIFTS NOW OPEN!
Shop small with one of the longest-standing gift shops in the San Juans! Something for everyone at Orcas Arts. Handmade jewelry, Local Art, including our iconic Orcas Island Pendants, t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, fossils, crystals, and so much more amazing stuff! LOTS ON SALE, including Northwest carvings, minerals, and more. Now taking orders for jewelry repair/custom work, watch batteries, and more. 360-941-7297 245 Main Street. Open Daily. 
MAY DAY AT TRÈS FABU!
We’re all excited for springtime and the return of the Farmers’ Market this Saturday, May 1-their opening day! At Tres Fabu, we’ll be celebrating with 10% off storewide, and dedicated to all mothers, who deserve a special treat. It’s a wonderful time to get into town and mingle with the community, as we all ease back into island life. Hours: Monday - Saturday, 11-4 or by appointment. (Don’t be shy!) 360-376-7673
WILD ROSE LTD SPECIAL OF THE MONTH
Energy Healings/Readings for repetitive injuries & illnesses & broken hearts. What we carry over from past lives into current lives to heal. $70 an hour. Call Deborah Darner, LMT, 360-376-4188.

OLGA'S IS OPEN
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.
NEW JOB POSTINGS - 30 CHAMBER BUSINESSES WANT YOU!
New job positions are listed here and will be posted for at least 1 week. If you are looking for employment, see all job postings from Chamber businesses. ALL JOBS LISTED HERE .
ORCAS ISLAND BAYSIDE COTTAGES
Part-time seasonal housekeeper ($25/hr). Obstruction Pass and Eastsound. Thoroughness, reliability and pride in a job well done are qualities important for the position. Our guests are very appreciative of the cleanliness of our vacation rentals, which range in size from small studios to 2 - 3 bedroom cottages. (view at orcas1.com). You will be welcomed by a small team who will train, support and work with you. The schedule varies from week to week, so flexibility, including on weekends is important. If you have another summer job, we will try to work with your schedule where possible. A valid driver’s license and vehicle are necessary. Email bayside@orcas1.com or call 360-376-4330.

DOE BAY RESORT: HOUSEKEEPING ARTS POSITIONS
Competitive pay/ hour + tips. Previous experience NOT required. Starts now! Work till September/October! Full time/seasonal. There are onsite housing opportunities in private cabins with very low-density shared bathroom and kitchen. Bathrooms and kitchens all have good ventilation. A beautiful work environment with inspirational co-workers. Flexible hours and schedule, many resort benefits. Unique units located on site, no wear ‘n’ tear on vehicle.
Must be able to lift 50 lbs repeatedly, work safely, follow direction and work hard with little supervision. Rate of Pay is Depending on Experience and is guaranteed to be competitive! Email resume to housekeeping@doebay.com

From last week...

ROSES BAKERY LOOKING FOR BAKING ASSISTANT
Email a cover letter and resume to rosesorcasisland@gmail.com

MULTIPLE POSITIONS AVAILABLE AT ISLAND MARKET
Come join our team! Read more...

NW ISLAND ESCAPES HAS POSITIONS OPEN!
Locally owned and operated vacation rental management. Read more...

OUTLOOK INN IS SEEKING TEAM MEMBERS
Various positions available. Read more...

DOE BAY CAFE LINE COOKS AND DISH PREP AM&PM
Benefits include discounts in store & café. Email cafegm@doebay.com or call 360-376-8059.
Madrona Point by James Hardman
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