Here's What's Happening on Orcas Island!
July 30, 2020
ORCAS ISLAND DINING GUIDE
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BUSINESS UPDATES
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LOCAL, COUNTY, STATE, FEDERAL RESOURCES
ORCAS UPDATE 07/30/20
From the Orcas Island Community Foundation. Here is some information you may want to know about.  Read more...

LA FUNDACIÓN DE LA COMUNIDAD (OICF) 07/30/20

WASHINGTON STATE: BUSINESS AND WORKER UPDATE
The Business and Workers update is a weekly newsletter providing news and information to help businesses and workers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH LAUNCHES 'CORONA' SURVEY
The Community Recovery-Oriented Needs Assessment , or the CORONA survey is a survey to assess the behavioral, economic, social, and emotional impacts and the needs of communities across the state as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more...

WASHINGTON STATE FERRY NEWS
WSF continues to adjust to the new realities caused by the state’s effort to battle the coronavirus. While still 50% below last year’s levels, we are seeing increased ridership, but as detailed in our COVID Response Service Plan , we aren’t able to add service until we have the vessels, crewing, and budget to do so.

SIX FEET APART
The good news is, we have all the tools we need to stop the spread of COVID-19. And changing our personal behavior makes a difference. Read more...

NEED MASKS?
Email info@orcasislandchamber.com. We also have a limited number of face shields. These are provided by San Juan County and the Orcas Island Community Foundation.

#ORCASSTRONG
Support local businesses by purchasing gift cards. Shop Local!
Email:  OrcasStrong@gmail.com  with your information. OrcasStrong Website
NEW THIS EDITION
SPECIAL PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT ZOOM MEETING TONIGHT
Board of Commissioners Special Meeting - Medical Clinic Operator RFP Island Hospital Presentation to the Community July 30, 5 pm – 7 pm. Join Zoom Meeting here. Read more...
ART DANCING WITH THE WIND AND SKY
The art of 21 local artists will be dancing in the wind in front of Orcas Center for the next few months in the  ORCAS STRONG banner exhibit starting August 8th.  The collective goal was to provide an exciting visual experience and to raise the spirits of our Orcas neighbors by sending good wishes on colorful cloth. Read more... (about artists) Pictured banner by Nina Sahlin.

DOE BAY CAFE SUPPORTS LOCAL NON-PROFITS
Sunday Picnic Special is Southern Barbeque. Choice of Ribs, Chicken, Brisket or Oyster Mushrooms. Served with braised collards, baked beans, creamed corn and cornbread. $35 for 2 or $60 for 3-4. Phone-in orders to 360-376-8059 . This week’s beneficiary is OPAL. 

COMMUNITY HERO PROGRAM BENEFITS ORCAS SENIOR CENTER
Contributions from the Community Hero Program at Orcas Food Co-op throughout August will help fund the “wheels” portion of the Meals on Wheels program at the Orcas Senior Center. In addition, shop 3% Thursday on 8/20.

MADRONA BAR AND GRILL HOURS UPDATED
Sunday through Thursday, 12-8 pm. Friday and Saturday, 12-9 pm.
Dine in and take out. 360-376-7171.
EMERALD ISLE SAILING CHARTERS: 25% OFF
We have had four spaces open up aboard our August 10 to 15  San Juans tour. Come see for yourself why these islands are one of the premier cruising grounds in the world! Let us know  here if you're interested.

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE-ORCAS SENIOR CENTER
Please join or renew online at orcasseniors.org and enjoy the benefits of belonging to your Orcas Senior Center with the knowledge that we’ll be here long after the pandemic ends with programs that enrich, services that nurture, and community that keeps us connected. Read more...

LIFE IN WORDS WORKSHOP-ORCAS SENIOR CENTER
“Your Life in Words,” a six-week writing course offered by Diane Craig, is our first sojourn into online learning. Beginning Wednesday, September 9 , participants will engage with Craig and each other via the popular meeting platform Zoom. Class size is limited to 12 and there is a fee. Read more...
TAKE-OUT WITH CHRISTINA
Orcas Senior Center Grandparents Day, Sunday, September 13, 11-2 pm. Local favorite, Chef Christina Orchid is at it again creating her savory masterpieces! Take-Out meals are $18 each. To take advantage of this discounted price and to guarantee a take-out meal, purchase now at orcasseniors.org. There will be a limited number of first come, first serve take-out meals available the day of the event for $20.

COFFELT FARM PRESERVE PUBLIC INPUT SURVEY
In order to better understand community priorities for Coffelt Farm, CART is currently seeking county-wide public input on agricultural activities, and has developed this survey to aid in the process.   Read more...

ORCAS ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT TOWN HALL
Please join a virtual town hall to discuss “How Will ‘Back to School’ Happen this Fall” on Wednesday, August 5 from 6-8 pm. You can join via ZOOM here. If you have a question you’d like to submit about the opening of schools, please send it to: Cathy Ferran at cferran@orcas.k12.wa.us

JOB OPPORTUNITY: DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY
The San Juan Preservation Trust is seeking its next Director of Philanthropy, who will lead this major island nonprofit organization in funding its work to conserve and permanently protect beloved places that make the San Juan Islands unique. To see the full job description, go to director job.
INTERN SHARES IMPORTANT REMINDER
"Use of single-use plastic is skyrocketing during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it doesn’t have to", according to Kaia, Friends of the San Juans’ Summer Intern. Read more...
FROM LAST EDITION
WASHINGTON HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION TOWN HALL MEETING
August 6, 10 am Registration for the Northwest Washington Region. They will bring together hospitality members and local state lawmakers to speak to the issues impacting our state and industry. There will be an opportunity to let your questions be heard by your local state elected officials.
ISLAND THYME & CROW VALLEY GALLERY
David Ridgway's 'Town to Shore' exhibition is now through August 14th. View the entire catalog here.

ORCASONG FARM: NEW SUBSCRIPTION PLAN
The best hand sanitizer delivered to your door every month? Sure thing! It’s simple. We will send you lovely smelling, skin-softening, effective products monthly so you can set it and forget it. All subscriptions receive FREE Shipping and all bundles have an automatic 10% discount. Learn more here.

SHOP THE ROCK AUGUST SPECIAL
Wild Rose Ltd “Strike Force Immunity”. Essential Oil Products to keep your Immune System Strong & help with recovery if you are ill. 15% off. Call Deborah Darner, LMT at 360-376-4188.

ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM OFFICE OPEN FOR RESEARCH
Our admin and research office is open! We're working hard and having fun keeping up with history research requests. Feel free to email any research requests to info@orcasmuseums.org. Read more...

SUMMER LIBRARY FAIR CANCELED
In order to maintain the safety of the Orcas Island community, the Orcas Island Library and the Friends of the Library have decided to cancel this year's annual Summer Library Fair, which is usually held in August.
FARMER'S MARKET SATURDAYS, 10 am-2 pm, on the Village Green.
 Thor (aka Lord Thorby of Wigglebottom) upon his graduation from Obedience Class.  He got first! Carol Owen
Blast Readers , please send us pictures of your pets. Include a caption, their names and your name. We will feature one each week.