Here's What's Happening on Orcas Island!
The week of March 19, 2020

The Chamber will update our newsletter and website as warranted. You may receive more emails from us during the week. Thank you for understanding.

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A NOTE FROM THE ORCAS CHAMBER:
The safety of our Orcas island community is our highest priority. In light of growing concerns about COVID-19, the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce is encouraging visitors to postpone their travel plans to the island to limit the potential spread of the virus. Based on Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s recommendations, and those of San Juan County officials, we are urging visitors and locals alike to practice social distancing and postpone non-essential travel. Read the full statement here.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
SBA OFFERS DISASTER ASSISTANCE TO WASHINGTON SMALL BUSINESSES
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Read more...

EDC URGES PROPERTY OWNERS TO OFFER LENIENCY TO TENANTS
The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) Board of Directors would like to urge commercial and residential property owners to extend extraordinary leniency to tenants during this financial downturn. For more information on this or any other business concern during this time, please email info@sanjuansedc.org or phone 360-378-2906 . Read more...
WSF SUSPENDS ALL FERRY TRAVEL TO CANADA
Washington State Ferries is delaying the start of its international service to Sidney, B.C. because of concerns around COVID-19. Read more...
GALLEYS CLOSED ON WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES
In response to Gov. Inslee’s directive to help stop the spread of COVID 19, and to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, all galleys on Washington State Ferries will be closed.

WASHINGTON STATE FERRY PASSES
While WSF cannot extend the 90-day period for tickets and travel passes, customers who are unable to use tickets or travel passes because of COVID-19 concerns may be eligible for a refund for the unused portion of their fare. All refund requests can be submitted online. Please note that it may take longer than the typical 2-3 weeks to process your request due to higher volumes. 
FROM THE ORCAS ISLAND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
As we enter into uncertain times both physically and economically, here are a few helpful links and documents.This link provides information on workers comp for organizations that may send workers home or need to close altogether.
COMMUNITY NOTICES FROM THE SENIOR CENTER
Community lunches have been suspended, however, home delivered meals available to all seniors that need them . Call San Juan County Senior Service Specialist, Jami Mitchell at 360-376-7926 for more information. Lions Club mobility equipment returns and lending are available by appointment only. Call Stephen Bentley at 360-376-2299 . For further information and assistance, please call the Front Desk: 360-376-2677 . Read more...

EDUCATION FOUNDATION HELPS FUND MEALS FOR CHILDREN
During this unprecedented time of school closure, the Orcas School District will be providing ALL children in our community with free breakfast and lunch during the school closure (with the exception of spring break). To help defray the cost of this program, the Orcas Island Education Foundation will match community donations to a new “School Food Fund” up to $5000.
To help, visit OIEF.org Read more...  

MARKETING TIPS FROM SAN JUAN ISLANDS VISITORS BUREAU
These are unprecedented times and we're all navigating the uncertainty together. We know you are getting information from every direction, so we’d like to stick with what we know - marketing. We’ve put together a few, immediate marketing tips to help you with messaging and marketing tactics. 
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
ONLINE YOGA CLASSES WITH ORCAS MANDALA 
(Orcas Mandala Yoga & Bodywork Studio)
Please join our Virtual Yoga Studio and practice Yoga with us from anywhere in the World!  Open to all students and all levels. $15 per class or Studio Class Card.  orcasmandala.com/events/  or  info@orcasmandala.com.

MESSAGE FROM HEALING ARTS CENTER
The Healing Arts Center is open for business. The most important change to our usual operations is that we are open by appointment only. We will no longer be open as a meeting center or resource center to the community. One on one individual appointments only.   Read more...
ORCASONG DIY HAND SANITIZER
Ok everyone, let's wash our hands and stay home, especially if you're feeling sick. Let's also use hand sanitizer. Even better, hand sanitizer with Lavender Essential Oil added in. We got you covered with a wonderful DIY hand sanitizer recipe. Read more here.
SHOP THE ROCK
GIRL MEETS DIRT OPEN
Currently open 9 am-4 pm. We are limiting the space to 2 customers at a time. We have a 15% discount running through the end of March with code: TAKECARE and free shipping for orders over $72, perfect for stocking the pantry or sending gifts. Locals can order online using code LOCALDELIVERY which zeros out the shipping so locals can put through an order online and arrange to have it ready to go for quick pick-up at the shop. Please put your preference for pickup in the notes or follow up with an email to info@girlmeetsdirt.com

ECO CLEANERS AND COLLODIAL SILVER
You can now buy Colloidal Silver of the highest quality at our location! We use this for the disinfecting, hands, face, door handles tables, etc. on an ongoing basis. Eco Cleaners has new store hours. We are available from 9 -12 pm and 2- 5 pm, Monday to Friday.  360-202-6226. ecocleanersinc.com  Read more...

COMMUNITY HERO PROGRAM FOR ORCAS ISLAND ROTARY CLUB
(Through March and Shop 3% Thursday on 3/19 @ Orcas Food Co-op!)
Orcas Island Rotary Club is a service-oriented organization that focuses on community resilience projects such as food security, disaster preparedness, and youth education. Thanks for playing a part!  Read more...

SALES CONTINUE @ JILLERY THROUGH APRIL
Our CLEARANCE sales (10 to 50% OFF) will continue through April, and our small team of three will try to remain open AT LEAST 5 days a week, while operating with caution and appreciation for our customers. Any weekday when we appear to be closed, try the door anyway…..we may be there cleaning. You’re welcome to come in to browse, and purchase if you so desire! Jill, 360-376-5522  or Roger, 360-376-4404 at home. Read more...

WILD ROSE LTD MARCH SPECIAL CONTINUES
Aura Reading and Chakra Balancing. Learn about your life histories! 1 hour, $75. Call Deborah Darner, LMT,  360-376-4188

LOTIONCRAFTER OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Our business is closed to the public, as always, but customers who place orders on our website are still able to choose Local Pickup and their orders will be available at our office door. Our business hours are 24/7 on-line and 8 – 4 pm for order pickup and customer support. 48 Hope Ln. 360-376-8008 x21

OLGA'S CLOSED BUT SELLING GIFT CERTIFICATES
Selling GIft Certificates over the phone or via email. Brittany Grumm,
olgasonorcas@gmail.com or call 369-298-2639 cell phone 

OFFICE CUPBOARD
The Office Cupboard hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-5 pm, Saturday 9- 5 pm.
Closed Sunday. Wholesale customers who purchase from us; to-go boxes, toilet paper, paper towels, pizza boxes, etc. can contact Doug by cell phone during off hours at 360-298-1007.

OMARI BEAUTY BAR
We are currently offering a promotion on Gift Certificates and skincare products. Gift Certificates 15% off, Skincare products 10% off. 360.378.7638 
email: omaribeautybar@gmail.com.By appointment for product/Gift Certificates

ORCAS ISLAND ARTWORKS SPECIAL SALE IN ONLINE STORE
Even though our doors are closed for health concerns, you can still purchase through our online store. Everything on our online store is 10% off and is made by your friends and neighbors on Orcas Island! Visit  orcasartworks.com
The JAMES HARDMAN GALLERY is CLOSED. Open by appointment only. Call 360-376-4588. Offering 10% off everything on my web site while closed: jameshardman.com

SIRCELY MARKETING & DESIGN
Sircely Marketing & Design is open with normal hours, working remotely. Email is the best way to reach me. Mary Ann Sircely, masircely@sircely.com.
LOCAL RETAILERS/BUSINESSES CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
Olga's, Darvill's Bookstore, Monkey Puzzle, Orcas Island Pottery, Sequel
The Exchange Store (ORS, San Juan Sanitation, and Orcas Freight plan to continue the transport of garbage and recycling), Orcas Outfitters & Eastsound Sporting Goods, Shearwater Kayaks & Tours, Artworks Gallery, Très Fabu
SPECIAL SECTION: WHAT SOME ISLANDERS ARE DOING

THANKS ROBERT SPREEN FOR SHARING THIS FROM SPRINGPOINT
I live in the Spring Point neighborhood in Deer Harbor, and we have a neighborhood online “bulletin board”. My wonderful neighbors have created a “Picker Uppers” list to group provisioning trips to Eastsound, and to deliver supplies to high-risk residents who should not be in public at all. 

SALLIE BELL
I can cook food on Saturdays for people in need. I would have to Limit the numbers but I could cook Saturday mornings and take to store for pick up @ 4 pm. Have extra plastic bags? If we could get people to use their plastic bags as stuffing to make beds for the homeless and I could get them covered.

SANDY PLAYA FROM SPRING BAY
Willing to officiate elopements for local folks. Sandy Playa, Spring Bay on Orcas Island. 360-376-5531

OFFERING HOPE: CAROL OWENS, GREETINGS FROM BEIJING!
Local resident, Carol Owens, tells her own story about living through COVID-19 and wants to "let all of our friends know that there is light at the end of the tunnel". Read more...

CAN STILL ORDER BOOKS FROM DARVILL'S
People can order by phone 360-376-2135, email darvills@rockisland.com or on our web site- darvillsbookstore.indielite.org. We are here 8:30-4 pm for pickup and curbside delivery. And we are happy to mail.

KENMORE AIR UPDATE
In keeping with the community’s best interest, Kenmore Air has decided to suspend scheduled service through April 30th at the earliest. Private charters can be booked from any of our terminals and from private docks.   866-435-9524

ISLAND SKILLET
Skillet is currently open regular business hours for to go orders. You may call or walk in. Card or cash. We will bring you order to your car if you like. No salads.  360-376-3984

ORCAS ISLAND WINERY
Wine / Goodies Drive-Thru, 1 pm - 4 pm Wednesday- Sunday. Call for Free Local Delivery. Shipping Available. 2371 Crow Valley Road 360-797-5062

MT BAKER FARM
Mount Baker Farm is open for disc golf only. We require people to call ahead so only one group at a time plays, and we are not renting discs. We are scheduled to open our campground in April currently, as Inslee is still allowing camping, but that may change.

NAPA IS OPEN
NAPA is currently open to the public with our regular hours. We ask that if you have symptoms to please not enter NAPA. You can call us at 360-376-4901 and we will work with you to take care of your needs and keep everyone safe.

FOOD BANK IS OPEN
The Food Bank is open regular hours, 12:30-2 pm Tuesday, 5:30-6:30 Thursday, 11-noon Saturday. Any island resident who needs food can come to the Food Bank. As an essential island service, we will not be closing.

ORCAS ISLAND POTTERY
We will close for two weeks per the governors request. If there are tourists, we can offer gloves and masks, and may try to go that way soon. For now we will reopen April 1. 

TWO HANDS FURNITURE
Two Hands Furniture is still open by appointment. 360-523-0220

SALISH SEA REAL ESTATE
Salish Real Estate is open, by appointment only, during this health emergency. Inquiries will be handled by phone and email to determine if an in-person meeting is required. Contact Dan Gottlieb, dan@salish360.com 

MESSAGE FROM ORCAS ATHLETICS & CROSSFIT
Orcas Athletics is closed, but committed to working with you. Read more...

MADRONA INSURANCE UPDATE
Our office is CLOSED to walk-ins. Our staff are waiting and ready to assist you as we stay committed to providing you with the service and solutions you’ve come to expect from us REMOTELY. Feel free to call Michele directly at 360-722-2802 or PM her on FaceBook. facebook.com/michele.wiley.73  or facebook.com/MadronaPointInsurance/

LUM FARM
We will no longer hold regular farm stand hours. Instead, we will be taking pre-orders either by email (preferred) or phone. You are welcome to send us your wish list and we will pack it up and send you an invoice. You can pick up your order at the farm stand by appointment or we can deliver it. Delivery will cost $10 for Eastsound area, and a bit more for surrounding areas (Deer Harbor, Olga, Orcas Village, etc.) lumfarm@gmail.com,   360-376-4454

TURTLEBACK FARM INN NEWS
The Inn is closed for the time being and will re-open when the time is right. We have an 800 number, 800 376-4914. If there is a need for shelter, you might give me a call. Susan Fletcher

PEBBLE COVE FARM
Pebble Cove Farm is open. 360-622-6460  Pebblecovefarm.com

ORCAS HOTEL
Thank you all- We certainly appreciate all of the support during these challenging times. The Orcas Hotel and Cafe are remaining open. We are offering the following- Read more...

ROSARIO RESORT
Rosario Resort & Spa is fully closed.