Here's What's Happening on Orcas Island!
July 27, 2020
ORCAS ISLAND DINING GUIDE
See restaurants open for To-Go orders or Dining-in options.
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BUSINESS UPDATES
See which businesses and organizations are open. Includes lodging availability.

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LOCAL, COUNTY, STATE, FEDERAL RESOURCES
STATE BY STATE REOPENING GUIDANCE
Across America, business leaders are restarting our nation’s economic engines and employees are returning to work. However, this process is taking place gradually and non-uniformly across the country depending on regional differences in the prevalence of COVID-19. Read more...
RECAP OF COVID-19 NEWS AND UPDATES
We did it before; we can do it again. Remember how we flattened the curve? This is a critical time when we all need to work together to prevent runaway growth in the number of people with COVID-19. 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
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.
FROM LAST EDITION
EASTSOUND PLANNING AND REVIEW COMMITTEE: PRUNE ALLEY
FAQ for Prune Alley as collected from public input. Please do not hesitate to send in your questions or your opinions to the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee at Eastsoundplanningreview@gmail.com by July 28. You can also make public comment at the July 30 meeting by zoom. Read more...

NEW GOODIES AT MONKEY PUZZLE
New shipment of Smoked lox is in along with deliciously addictive toffee, chocolate-toffee covered popcorn and a new selection of Swedish dishcloths. Open every day , 11 am- 4 pm.
BECOME A HANDS-ON-OWNER WITH ORCAS FOOD CO-OP
The Orcas Food Co-op Hands-On-Owner program allows member-owners to lend a hand in the store and receive a discount up to 20% off their regular purchases as thanks. For more Co-op information, Read more...

ISLAND TAX SERVICE
Tax season is over and with it comes the slower summer months that are perfect for cleaning up your books, catching up unfiled returns or scheduling a meeting for in-depth tax planning for next year. We are currently working virtually with in-person client meetings by appointment only. Call 360-317-3363 or email jazmin@island-tax.com

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.

FERRY RESERVATIONS
With reservations currently available through Saturday, September 26, we would normally be opening reservations for sailings after that date two months before. However, due to the impacts of WSF staff furloughs and the work necessary to prepare the system for new releases, we will delay the post-September 26 reservations release to Thursday, August 27. Reservations will then be available through the end of the year. Due to lower fall ridership, we don’t expect passengers to have any challenges in making reservations.

CENSUS UPDATE
Here is the Weekly Update and I congratulate Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island and San Juan Counties for response numbers all going up!!! Please keep announcing, posting, mentioning, promoting this because you want your County to get its share of $675 Billion.   Read more...
FARMER'S MARKET SATURDAYS, 10 am-1 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.