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July 22, 2021
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ORCAS ISLAND DINING GUIDE
(Updated July 22)
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THE NEW 2021-2022 ORCAS ISLAND VISITOR GUIDE & BUSINESS DIRECTORY IS HERE!
Please pick up a copy of the new guide at the Chamber of Commerce office. 65 North Beach Road. Businesses that might need a few more, please give us a call at 360-376-2273. Or email the office.

LOCAL, COUNTY, STATE, FEDERAL RESOURCES
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: SHELLFISH-LINKED INFECTIONS
High heat, low tide likely triggering spike in shellfish-linked infections. An outbreak of vibriosis in Washington has already surpassed the highest number of cases ever recorded by the state for the month of July. Read more...

EDC: HOW TO GET YOUR BUSINESS BACK ON TRACK
The Small Business Flex Fund provides access to flexible, low-interest loans and business support services to small businesses and nonprofits across Washington. Read more...

FIRE DANGER IN SAN JUAN COUNTY
County Fire Districts urge Safety First! It is extremely important for all of us to know that throughout the San Juan Islands (San Juan County), the current fire danger level is high. Read more...

MISINFORMATION: HOW TO SPOT IT AND FACT CHECK
When you come across COVID-19 vaccine information on the internet, don’t just assume it is true. You should always make sure that it comes from a credible source, like your state or local health department, established medical or educational institutions, or trusted community leaders. Read more...

CHECK THE COMMUNITY CALENDAR FOR EVENTS
The Orcas Island Library and Chamber of Commerce post events on this calendar. Please email your information to Carol Dapogny at cdapogny@orcaslibrary.org or blast@orcasislandchamber.com.
NEW THIS EDITION AND EVENTS THIS WEEK
TWO EVENTS NOT TO MISS AT THE ORCAS LIBRARY
Thursday, July 22, 1-3 pm, Orcas and Echolocation: Imagine that you are a young orca living with your family in the sea. How do you stay close to your family as you travel together? Thursday, July 22, 6 pm, Learn About Green Boating: Ever wondered what eelgrass is and why it's important? Read more...

BELGIAN BEER TASTING AT DOE BAY WINE CO!
Thursday, July 22, 4:30 pm-7 pm. Come celebrate "National Belgian Beer Week" with us as we welcome Max Gilbertson for a special happy hour. Max will be pouring a lineup of Belgian Beers from one of our favorite importers, Merchant du Vin, and answering any and all of your questions. These are some of the greatest beers in the world. Grab a friend and join us!

THE FUNHOUSE COMMONS VIRTUAL FUNDRAISER
Thursday, July 22- Sunday, July 25. While this past year has been full of ups and downs and new adjustments, The Funhouse has been so thankful to be able to count on our community's generosity. Please help us to continue serving our island's youth by joining us for our Virtual Fundraiser once again.
Visit FUNHOUSECOMMONS.ORG to donate.

CENTENNIAL WALKS AND TALKS IN MORAN STATE PARK
Programs throughout the summer that are fun and free! Saturday, July 24, 10 am Junior Ranger and at 2 pm Iconic Stone Tower Tour. Sunday, July 25,
2 pm Citizen Scientist. Please check the full schedule of events at friendsofmoran.orgRead more...(about events and presenters).
Saturday, July 24, 6 pm on the Village Green. The Talbott Brothers have earned a large and growing following for their songs consisting of down-to-earth messages that prove to be prevalent in today’s world. Brograss brings their mix of traditional and original bluegrass as a duo with guitar, mandolin, fiddle and voice, and also performs as a quartet adding upright bass and fiddle.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT THE AMERICAN LEGION
Sunday July 25, 8 am-12 pm. All the Pancakes you can eat! Comes with bacon or sausage, 2 eggs, coffee, tea, orange juice. Adults $8 Children $5.
793 Crescent Beach Drive. 360-376-4987

“the virtual vineyard” ORCAS SENIOR CENTER & DOE BAY WINE CO Sunday, July 25, 5 pm by Zoom. To participate, register at orcasseniors.org. Then purchase and pick up your wine, cheese, and crackers at Doe Bay Wine Company at 109 North Beach Road (open 7 days a week, 11 am to 5 pm)Read more...
SELAH SERVICE AT ORCAS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Sunday, July 25, 5 pm. Music, readings and silent prayer. For twenty years, musician/composer Jeff Johnson has crafted and led the Selah Service for churches, retreat centers and pilgrimage groups around the world.
CENTENNIAL MUSIC IN MORAN STATE PARK
July 31. Free concert featuring Brograss. Starts at 5 pm in the park. friendsofmoran.org

ORCAS ISLAND ROTARY EVENTS: PICKLEBALL & CLASSIC CARS
Play pickle ball? Join our tournament on August 14-15 at Buck Park! Proceeds support scholarships for graduating seniors and needs of the OI Community Resource Center. Contact Linda Hamilton for details: linda98245@gmail.com Have a classic car? Reserve a spot for your beauty at Rotary’s Annual Concours d’Elegance on Friday Harbor, Saturday, August 28. See details and Registration Form at: sanjuanconcours.org.
LETTUCE ENTERTAIN EWE: THE VIRTUAL FAIR IS COMING!
August 18-21. Vendors have an opportunity to share, sell, and inform through the virtual vendor program. With 7,500 website visits last year and over 30,000 page views this is a great form of advertisement and engagement for commerce, non-profits, fundraising and more. Read more...

GOOD NEWS FOR WATER QUALITY
New pumpout boat services expand this summer in South Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands It will now be easier for recreational boaters to safely pump out vessel sewage and keep Washington’s waters clean with an expansion of mobile pumpout services. Read more...
FROM LAST EDITION AND BEYOND
TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE WOWZA RAFFLE!
The Orcas Island Historical Society is selling tickets for a raffle that could only be described as WOWZA!. First prize: a 2013 Nissan Leaf e-car generously donated by Island E Cars. Two more prizes that all together are a value of $12,000! WOWZA!  Read more... 

SAILING MEDITATION RETREAT 
On a 5 day cruise this September we’ll be relaxing into the stunning natural beauty of the San Juan islands aboard the elegant 54’ Nawalak, enjoying world-class gourmet meals prepared by chef Jen, who is a former chef at one of the top 10 Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. Read more...

ORCAS ISLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH OFFERS TWO SERVICES
Worship Services In Person: Sunday, 9 am & 10:45 am. Nursery and Sunday School at 9 am. Junior High and High School at 10:45 am. Livestream, 9 am.
176 Madrona Street. 360-376-6422. orcaschurch.org

EMMANUEL'S MARKET DAY SALE
Saturday, July 31, 10 am-2 pm. Emmanuel Episcopal Church's beloved gigantic yard sale, held every year since 1940 except 2020, returns in the church yard and parish hall on Main St. Come find treasures from art and antiques to toys and tools. Proceeds benefit Orcas nonprofits. 360-376-2352

ORCAS ISLAND CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL AUGUST 6 – 21
Tickets on sale now at oicmf.org and orcascenter.org Live at Orcas Center and Livestreamed, Plus a Concert on Lopez. World-class musicians from across the country. All 5:30 Concerts of the 24th Season will also be Livestreamed and offered free of charge! Read more

PORT OF ORCAS HOSTS FLY-IN
The Fly-In will be held Friday, August 6 and Saturday, August 7 at the Eastsound Airport. Guests arriving by airplane are welcome to camp ‘under the wing’ in our grass tie-down area. Everyone is invited to the airport to view planes.

ORCAS ROAD CLASSICS CAR SHOW RETURNS!
Saturday August 7, Airport Park, show hours: 10 am-3 pm.
Cars arrive 8-10 am; $10 entry fee for each display car. Visitors can easily access both the Fly In and car show. Contact Trey Vore if questions or volunteer opportunities. Email: treyvore@hotmail.com. Read more...

ORCAS ISLAND LIBRARY FAIR BACK ON AUGUST 14!
The Friends of the Orcas Island Library are now organizing this year’s library fair. Come to the library’s parking lot on Saturday, August 14,10 am-3 pm for great book and DVD bargains in just about any subject you can imagine, suitable for all ages. More information as we get closer to the date of the fair.

BMX IS EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT
6:30 to 8 pm. READ THIS BEFORE YOU ARRIVE!! New regulations! Download waiver form on our website or facebook page: Wildlife Cycles.

ORCAS ISLAND FARMERS MARKET SATURDAYS
Saturdays, 10 am-2 pm. Local produce, plant starts, artisan crafts, flowers, and many more goodies. orcasislandfarmersmarket.org
ART AND MUSEUMS
JACQUELINE KEMPFER ARTIST STUDIO SUMMER SALE
Tues-Sat (afternoons) 474 N. Beach Rd. After a short stroll up North Beach Road, visitors can enjoy Jackie’s original paintings of Orcas Island scenery in the mediums of watercolor, oil and Sumi Ink. Jackie is pleased to offer a 30% discount on all paintings. Jackie will also be selling various antiques and items from her personal collection this summer so stop in and browse! Information: 360-376-2282 JacquelineKempferArtist.com
JULY ARTIST OF THE MONTH AT WASHINGTON FEDERAL Interdisciplinary artist Norris Carlson is excited to share Marks & Paper at Washington Federal Bank through the end of July. Visit WaFd any time Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm, through the end of this month. Read more...

ART OPENING RECEPTION AT ORCAS CENTER
A special Artists’ Show will be held from July 30 through August 24, with the opening celebration on July 30 at 5:30-7 pm in the Lobby Gallery & Madrona Room. This free event will feature artists working in painting, printmaking, stone cutting, woodwork, blacksmithing, encaustics, ceramics, fiber arts, sculpture, photography, jewelry and more. Read more...

PLAN TO GO ON ORCAS ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR AUGUST 14, 15, 16
FREE! This is your chance to visit the working studios of over 20 premier Orcas Island Artists. See first hand how and where their special techniques are being mastered, meet the artists and purchase their most recent work. You can preview the artists work at the Orcas Center during the month of August or visit OrcasArtistsStudioTour.com

ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
The Pioneer Museum is open 11 am-3 pm, Tuesday-Saturday. 360-376-4849 orcasmuseums.org.
MORAN MANSION MUSEUM TOURS & MUSIC CONCERTS
Live Music Room Concert/Rosario History Presentations Tuesdays - Saturdays, 4 pm. The Mansion is open to the public for a self-guided tour from 8 am - 9 pm daily on the second floor. Rosario Resort: 360-376-2152
SHOP THE ROCK
WILD ROSE LTD JULY SPECIAL
Plant Spirit Reading with Essential Oil Gift. $70 an hour. Call Deborah Darner, LMT at 360-376-4188.
JOB POSTINGS - CHAMBER BUSINESSES NEED YOU!
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 .
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ORCAS ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT POSITIONS
Please go to www.orcasislandschools.org under employment for job descriptions and posting. Contact: hrgroup@orcas.k12.wa.us or 360-376-1504 ext. 2.