Here's What's Happening on Orcas Island!
December 1, 2022
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MY ORCAS ISLAND ITINERARY
Weekly Island Events & Activities
Updated December 1
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ORCAS ISLAND FOOD AND DRINKS GUIDE
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IMPORTANT ISLAND UPDATES
PRINTABLE FERRY SCHEDULES (WINTER)
The Chamber created printable schedules for Anacortes/Orcas Island and Orcas/San Juan Island and Orcas/Lopez Island inter-island times.
Winter schedule: Winter2023ferry (2 pages)
If you spot errors, please let us know.

SEVERE WEATHER SHELTER @ OI COMMUNITY CHURCH
Guests must check in by 9 pm and check out by 8 am. A hot breakfast, coffee, and tea are offered in the morning. If you want to become a shelter volunteer or know someone who could use a winter reprieve when the weather gets below 32 degrees, please email Ryan Carpenter at ryan@orcaschurch.org. Read more.

OISD INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY UPDATES
With winter rapidly approaching, it is the perfect time to review the OISD Inclement Weather Protocols and how to stay informed regarding bus route changes, school delays, and snow days. Something new to us this year will be the implementation of distance learning days on inclement weather days rather than canceling school when it is deemed unsafe to hold school on campus. The OISD procedures can be located here, OISD Inclement Weather Procedures.
EVENTS THIS WEEK
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CONCERT IN THE HS GYM
Come support our public school students in their first elementary school concert. Join us in the high school gym from 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Thursday, December 1.

DOE BAY CAFE OPEN MIC NIGHT RETURNS!
On Thursday, December 1 the Doe Bay Café will resume our well-loved weekly open mic night, after nearly 3 years. Come join us for this iconic Orcas event as locals and our guests, alike, gather to keep us smiling and entertained through the darkest of winter nights. The food theme will be Asian-inspired, and the bar will be open for libations. No reservations required. The café is open from 5p to 10p, and open mic starts at 7:30 pm. Bring your instruments and your appetite and join us in resurrecting this wonderful community event. 360-376-8059

LOCAL MAKERS EVENT @ ISLAND MARKET
December 2, 11 am - 4 pm
Enjoy a variety of local products from amazing vendors from Orcas Island
and the San Juan Islands. Vendors Include:
Girl Meets Dirt | Local Goods | Orcas Island Winery |San Juan Sea Salt | + More

GANGSTAGRASS @ ORCAS CENTER
Friday, December 2 at 7 pm
Gangstagrass combines bluegrass, hip-hop and so much of what’s amazing about this country — ingenuity, creativity, freedom, unity across differences, people’s individual strength and struggles — and distills it into a message of common ground in the form of original songs that have everyone up & dancing!

"TOP GUN: MAVERICK" @ THE SEA VIEW THEATRE
Friday, December 2 & Saturday, December 3 at 2 pm AND 7:30 pm
We’re bringing the film back for another weekend with a special matinee!
After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY - ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Saturday December 3 from 10 till 3
793 Crescent Beach Drive
Bake Sale, Soup Bistro, Gift ideas, Local Arts and Crafts, Raffle Baskets
A Christmas Room - So Many Wonderful things
Drawing of baskets will be at 3 pm, Lots of parking

WOOLY WINTER POP UP and HOLIDAY TREE SALES AT LUM FARM
(Pop Up: Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 am - 5 pm). The 3rd Annual Wooly Winter Pop Up features the handmade ornaments of Bossy's Feltworks, sheepskins, yarn and farm-inspired gifts by the talented Lum Farm crew. Tree sales continue, with an assortment of Nobles, Frasier and Douglas Firs from 2-10+ feet. Tree sale hours are Thursdays through Sundays, 11am - 5pm at 1071 Crow Valley Rd. Icing on the cake: the goat kid petting zoo! For more info, visit www.lumfarmllc.com or email lumfarmorders@gmail.com.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT WARM VALLEY ORCHARD STUDIO
Maria Nutt, Oak Boesky and Cathy Vierthaler invite you to join them December 3 & 4, 11 am - 3 pm at the Warm Valley Orchard Studio. All are invited to shop their lovely handmade items, including handwoven towels, hand knit hats and whimsical pottery.
Location: .85 miles north of the Orcas Ferry Landing.124 Warm Valley Lane
OI WINERY TO HOST SOLSTICE MERCANTILE
ISLAND ARTISANS . FOOD . WINE . MUSIC
It's back! Imagine a dreamy, charming, European winter market and add our island magic...
Saturday, Dec. 3 & Sunday, Dec. 4 from 12- 5 pm
2371 Crow Valley Rd - carpooling encouraged
A feast for your senses! Support and shop over 20 very special local makers, artists, designers, farms and vintage clothiers! SmileBooth for your holiday photo fun, food from Hogstone serving wood fired pizza, local pork ramen from Farm to Ferry, Warming Soups and Broths with fresh breads from Jenn Moonbrick. Fresh cheeses from local cheese monger, Cheeseland & MORE! Acoustic music by the soulful Keely Scott. Visit @solstice_mercantile@orcasislandwinery on Instagram and thesolsticemercantile.com. Brought to you in collaboration with SMORGASBORD and SMILEBOOTH.

HOLIDAY TEA RETURNS TO THE LIBRARY
FOIL is pleased to announce the return of the Holiday Tea on December 3 from 1 - 4. There will be tea, coffee, punch as well as cookies, tea sandwiches and other goodies. There will also be activities for children as well as live music. The Holiday Tea is a “Thank You” to.the Community for supporting the Library with donations and purchasing books at the annual book sales.

ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING ON THE GREEN
The annual Tree Lighting is coming up on Saturday, December 3 from 3:30 – 5 pm. This year we will have Santa & Mrs. Claus greeting the kids with toys and peppermint sticks. For entertainment we will have the Turtleback Brass Ensemble. And the chamber will have hot cider and yummy baked goods from our members.

KIDS, COOKIES & KRAFTS FAMILY DAY - HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Sunday, December 4 from 1 - 4 pm
Hands-on activities for kids (details to follow) while Orcas history is shared by our amazing docents. Enjoy discounts in the revamped Eastsound Museum Gift Shop.
JOHNNY MOSES STORY TELLING COMING TO THE LIBRARY
Johnny Moses (Whis-stem-men-knee: ‘walking medicine robe') is returning after a lengthy hiatus. Orcas audiences first met Johnny in a storytelling event at the Oddfellows over thirty years ago. His wit and wisdom have continued to endear him to local audiences of all ages over subsequent visits. The Public Library (500 Rose Street) will host him December 5 at 1 pm, in partnership with the Orcas Island Historical Museums. All are welcome. The event is free of charge.

GIRL MEETS DIRT AT PRONTO
Enjoy a festive holiday tasting of Wines by Girl Meets Dirt at Pronto by MONTiMonday, December 5 from 5 - 7 pm. Your ticket includes a tasting flight of four sparkling wines + a sampling of preserves + a salumi plate by MONTi. Limited availability. RSVP HERE.
EVENTS COMING SOON
ORCAS ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT HOLIDAY CONCERTS
OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY
Join the incredible Orcas Island School District musicians for 3 festive performances in December. See the full 2022-23 school music concert calendar at www.OIMAG.org. Read more…
MS Band & Strings Concert — Dec 8 at 7 pm, HS Gym
HS Band & Strings Concert — Dec 15 at 7 pm, ORCAS CENTER
Elementary Concert — Dec 22 at 6:30 pm, HS Gym

ORCAS ISLAND POTTERY SEASONAL OPEN HOUSE
Come check out what the potters have been up to this season.
Cookies & refreshments, holiday gifts and studio tour.
Saturday December 10, 10 am to 4 pm.
338 Old Pottery Road

ANNUAL SWAG EVENT AT MORAN STATE PARK
Join Moran State Park for a family friendly holiday crafting and swag event at our Environmental Learning Center, AKA, Camp Moran! Park guests are encouraged to join park staff in Camp Moran’s lodge to create holiday decorations such as wreathes, tree cookie decorations, and more to take home or give away as gifts. This event is free and open to the public: Saturday, December 10, 10 am - 4 pm. Read more...

ARTISANS MARKET AT ODD FELLOWS HALL
The village tradition of an Artisans Market once again fills the Oddfellows Hall on Dec. 10 (10 - 3 pm) and Dec.11 (11 - 4 pm) for a weekend of wonder and beauty. This year the show brings artists and artisans together from four islands to celebrate the Best of the Best Island fine crafts and fine art with pop-up bar and food features... learn more here.

ON SCREEN @ THE ORCAS CENTER
The Seagull (NT Live)
Saturday, December 10 at 12 pm
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) makes her West End debut in this 21st century retelling of Anton Chekhov’s tale of love and loneliness.

HOLIDAY CAROLING @ DOE BAY
Members of the Orcas Community are invited to join us at Doe Bay Resort for a night of caroling, Christmas cheer and campfire revelry on Saturday December 10 from 5 - 8 pm. There will be a Christmas present wrapping both with proceeds going to the Orcas Food Bank. Caroling will be led by OK Sweetheart and friends and there will be hot drinks and goodies. If weather threatens this event will move inside to our Yoga Studio. Call 360-376-2291 Ext. 307 for questions.

ORCAS CORAL SOCIETY AT THE ORCAS CENTER
Orcas Choral Society celebrates its return to singing in a traditional Holiday Concert at the Orcas Center this December 10 and 11 at 7 pm. Enjoy a lively selection of carols and holiday favorites under the direction of our new Artistic Director, Bruce Langford. Joining Orcas Choral Society onstage is the newly established Orcas Youth Chorus featuring Orcas students in grades 6 -12 under the joint direction of Andy Rivera and Monica Steele.

CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY MARKET, OI LIBRARY
Please join us for the Children’s Holiday Market on Sunday, Dec. 11 from noon to 2 pm. Local children will be selling their hand-crafted creations, with prices ranging from 25 cents to $10. They’ll each have their own station to sell their wares and will be making change themselves, so please bring cash and your holiday cheer to support our budding local entrepreneurs. **Please note that the Library will be closed on Sunday for this special event.

INTERNATIONAL LIONS SANTA SHIP RETURNS
Sunday, December 11 at 12 pm at Orcas Ferry Landing public dock.
Music, pirates, clowns, refreshments, and gifts for kids from Santa Claus.
Sponsored by Victoria San Juan Charters, Orcas Village Store, Lions District MD19, and Orcas Island Lions Club. Parking available in the upper lot and post office, donations greatly appreciated.

ORCAS CENTER HOSTS MAGIC & MERRIMENT
Celebrate the wonder of the winter season with an evening of dance, presented by some of Orcas Island’s aspiring performing artists. “Magic & Merriment” will feature a variety of dance styles and choreography by Orcas Dance Collective’s talented dance instructors. It is sure to be an enchanting evening of entertainment. Curtain opens at 6 pm on Tuesday, December 13 and Wednesday, December 14.
GARDEN CLUB SPECIAL PRESENTATION
On Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 10:30 am, the Orcas Island Garden Club presents Cindy Morgan who will share ideas for holiday decorating. Over the years Cindy has given many presentations to the Garden Club and we are delighted to welcome her again. Following the presentation her arrangements will be distributed to ten lucky garden club members to grace their homes. Read more...

COMING UP - SILENT AUCTION: HOLIDAY QUILTS BY BETTY HALL @ ORCAS SENIOR CENTER
Two holiday-themed quilts by the late Betty Hall have been generously donated to Orcas Senior Center for a silent auction. Betty’s expertly crafted and festive quilts will be available for bidding at Orcas Senior Center until Thursday, December 22 at 3 pm. Bids will start at $200.
NEW AT ISLAND BUSINESSES
RAY'S PHARMACY TEMPORARY HOURS CHANGE
Ray's Pharmacy is looking for an additional pharmacist. During this process, our pharmacy has reduced hours. The Pharmacy is currently closed on Saturdays.
Ray's Store Hours: Mon. - Fri. from 9:30 - 6 pm
Sat. from 9:30 - 6 pm (Pharmacy dept. closed)
Sun. from 10:30 - 4 pm (Pharmacy dept. closed)
ISLAND THYME HOLIDAY SALE
This Holiday Sale is for all of our amazing Island Neighbors. Come enjoy 20% OFF of everything in our Eastsound store this Saturday and Sunday (12/3 & 12/4). We have an abundance of NEW Gift Sets in all sizes, plus our ever growing product line. Don’t wait to find island-made gifts for everyone on your list. We will be delighted to see you. Happy Holidays! 310 Main Street, open 10 am - 5 pm daily

LUM FARM CHRISTMAS TREE SALES
Lum Farm (1071 Crow Valley Rd) will be selling Noble, Frasier and Douglas Fir trees from 2ft to 10+ ft. Tree sale hours are Thursdays through Sundays, 11 am - 5 pm. The farm stand will be open with cheese and ice cream from the dairy, meat and produce for your holiday table, and homemade gifts for under your new tree! Icing on the cake: goat kid petting zoo! www.lumfarmllc.com; 360-376-4454 or email lumfarmorders@gmail.com.

CLEVER COW CREAMERY
Our shop hours have changed. Enjoy locally crafted ice-cream and sweets on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 - 5 pm.
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
2022 HOLIDAY GIVEORCAS CAMPAIGN
December 1 - 15 @ GiveOrcas.org
We invite you to give $10 or more at GiveOrcas.org from December 1st–15th. Making meaningful donations to programs that you care about improves and strengthens the Orcas Island community. Be sure to invite your friends, family, and neighbors to make a gift to this year’s Campaign. Giving together, we all do better. Read more...

TRACKING CHANGE WITH FRIENDS OF THE SAN JUANS
Tracking Change: Shoreline Armoring in San Juan County
Tuesday, December 6, 12 - 1 pm - a Free virtual event via Zoom
Join us for a virtual "lunch and learn" with Friends’ Science Director, Tina Whitman. We'll explore the science and alarming policy results from a 10-year research project on shoreline modification trends in San Juan County. Read more...
ANNUAL RESEARCH REPORT GIVEN BY KWIAHT
Russel Barsh will present Kwiaht's 2022 annual monitoring and research report on Fishing Bay and Indian Island by Zoom on Thursday December 8 at 4:30 pm, including time for questions and discussion. If you cannot join the live presentation by Zoom, a pdf version of the slideshow will be available. Best wishes for the holidays and new year! Details here.

MEMBERS & DONORS HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE @ HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Sunday, December 11 from noon to 2 pm
One Day Only Discounts in the Museum Gift Shop plus GIFT WRAPPING! Enjoy wine, hot spiced cider, and platters of sweet and savory foods. Invites for current members and donors will follow. Join or renew today if you are not a current member!

JUDI MADAN RETIREMENT - OPEN HOUSE
Madrona Point Insurance would like to invite you to come celebrate the retirement of Judi Madan. Judi served this community for several years, including volunteering at the OIFD, and many school functions raising her daughters and supporting the grands. We've had the pleasure of working with her at Madrona Point Insurance after her many years with San Juan Insurance and know that she will be missed by many of you too. Our office at 294 A St will host an open house on Tuesday, December 13 (10 am - 5 pm) with goodies, seasonal bites from one of our faves, Olga Rising and stories to tell. Please feel free to bring a card or note prior if you can't make it and we'll see to it she gets them.
LOCAL, COUNTY, STATE, FEDERAL RESOURCES
OFFERINGS AT THE SENIOR CENTER
The Orcas Island Senior Center is hosting a wide-variety of classes and health resources: virtual ballet, hearing health, art classes, & more! See this link for more information or check out orcasseniors.org.

RESOURCES FROM ISLAND HEALTH
Island Health is offering classes to help you live your best life. Coming soon - conversations on COPD and healthy eating during the holidays. See this link for information about dates and registration.
JOB POSTINGS - CHAMBER BUSINESSES NEED YOU!
Job positions are listed here and will be posted for at least 1 week.

CAMP ORKILA
Position: Various openings, Full-Time, Year Round & Seasonal
Description: We’re currently hiring 3 full-time, year round positions with benefits! One Maintenance Technician, and two Food Service Supervisors. 
We always have many seasonal positions available ranging from Kitchen Staff, Spring Outdoor Education Instructors, to Summer Cabin Counselors. (Job Listings at YMCA)

Contact: For questions, please email KATIE O’ROURKE (she/her) Conferences and Retreats Director at korourke@seattleymca.org
FOOD AND DRINKS UPDATES

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOOD AND DRINKS GUIDE
The "FOOD AND DRINKS GUIDE" includes restaurants, coffee shops, stores, wineries, breweries, etc. Click HERE to see the latest list.

Restaurants closing soon:
Matthew's Smokehouse - short break starting December 11
Inn at Ship Bay - winter break starts December 11
Wild Island Restaurant - winter break December 18 through January 3

Restaurants currently closed:
Hogstone Wood Oven - renovations underway
The Kitchen - closed for the season
Buck Bay Bistro - closed for the season
New Leaf Cafe - closed for the season
Voyager Sandwiches & Seafood - closed for the season