Here's What's Happening on Orcas Island!
May 12, 2022
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ORCAS ISLAND FOOD AND DRINKS GUIDE
Updated May 12
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ORCAS ISLAND HISTORIC YACHT TOURS
Private charter yacht service operating daily May - September from West Sound on Orcas Island. Shared and private charters available. Dinner cruises, destinations tours, fishing, crabbing and nature tours available. Historic 1935 restored motor yacht.
IMPORTANT ISLAND UPDATES
PRUNE ALLEY UPDATE (May 13 - May 15)
-Onsite construction actives on Prune Alley are expected to continue tomorrow (Friday, May 13).
-Onsite construction activities will cease throughout the weekend, resuming again on Monday, May 16.
-Please continue to adhere to all posted traffic control devices and instructions from traffic control personal.
-The County thanks you for your patience.
MOUNT CONSTITUTION ROAD CLOSURE
Starting next week, Mount Constitution Road (Mt. Lake to Summit) will be closed Monday through Thursday from May 16 through June 9 to repair damage created by winter storms. Mountain Lake will be accessible throughout construction. The summit may be accessed Friday through Sunday. Click here for more information.

OICF ANNUAL SPRING GIVE ORCAS CAMPAIGN
This is our biggest campaign yet! Visit www.giveorcas.org to give anytime between May 2 - 16 to contribute to our island's non-profit organizations.

SENIOR CENTER IS "CALLING ALL CONTRACTORS"
The Home Maintenance & Repair pilot program is in need of qualified contractors to make it a success. We are asking contractors to commit one day a month of their busy schedule to help fulfill needed requests. If you have questions regarding the program, please contact Allan Rosato at 360-643-4419 or by email. More info.
NEW AT ISLAND BUSINESSES
ORCAS BIKES
Orcas Bikes is back up in full swing, our most popular tour is back this year and starting to go out daily in May! Small guided groups promote proper road riding and our strategic routes maximize the fun and minimize the impact on traffic. Tour details here. Current hours are 8:30 to 6 pm daily for the summer due to construction. 414 North Beach Rd.
GIFT CARDS FROM #ORCASSTRONG
Support local businesses by purchasing gift cards. Shop Local!
EVENTS THIS WEEK
ISLAND MARKET CAREER FAIR
Island Markets’ Second Annual Career Fair will be held on Saturday, May 14, 10 am – 2 pm. We will be conducting on the spot interviews for multiple positions throughout the store including part-time to full-time schedules and everything up to management positions. We offer competitive wages, career growth and a great benefits package including a discount on groceries.

ORCAS ISLAND MUSIC AT THE FARMER'S MARKET
Saturday, May 14, Farmers Market 10 am - 2 pm. Musical guest: Tom Rawson with live music 11 am - 1 pm. Local produce, plant starts, artisan crafts, flowers, delicious food, and many more goodies! Every Saturday. orcasislandfarmersmarket.org

SKYLIGHT ON SCREEN AT THE ORCAS CENTER
Saturday, May 14 at 1 pm. Pay What You Can, Minimum $5.
Skylight (NT Live): Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the highly anticipated production of David Hare’s Skylight broadcast live from the West End by National Theatre Live. Masks required in the theater and lobby before and during shows. Purchase tickets in advance here.

SHERWOOD COMMUNITY SERVICES GRAND OPENING
Join us for Sherwood's Grand Opening in the San Juan Islands.
Meet the new non-profit team supporting individuals in need of Employment and Community Inclusion services! Meet and greet online on Tuesday, May 17, from 1:30 - 2:30 pm. Register today at www.SherwoodCS.org.
SENIOR CENTER'S MEETING OF THE MINDS: "Einstein's Cat"
A presentation by Doug Halsey – Wednesday, May 18 at 1 pm by Zoom.
Join us for a brief history of telegraphy and its local relevance. By the late nineteenth century, the telegraph was essential to communication and commerce, similar to the internet today. To attend, access the Zoom link on the Calendar of Events page at orcasseniors.org. All are welcome. More details.

MAY NATURALIST WALKS WITH THE LAND BANK
Thursday, May 19 & Tuesday, May 24 Turtleback Mountain Preserve, Orcas Island. Join Conservation Land Bank staff for one of our May walks on Turtleback Mountain Preserve. Enjoy wildflowers, natural history highlights and learn more about activities described in the Draft Stewardship and Management Plan. Registration information here.
EVENTS COMING SOON
STILL NOW ON STAGE AT ORCAS CENTER
Opening May 19. Following her cancer diagnosis, Annie has a reckoning with her body. How does this new body move in the world? "Still Now” incorporates and is inspired by butoh, a form of Japanese dance that arose in the wake of WWII. To learn more about butoh and our Seattle based guest artist Kaoru Okumura, please click here to visit her website. Tickets available online.

STEVE RESCH MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Time to hit the links in memory of our very special friend, Steve Resch. All proceeds from The Steve Resch Memorial Golf Tournament benefit the Steve Resch Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is awarded every year to a college-bound graduate of Orcas Island High School. Join us on Saturday, May 21 at the Orcas Island Golf Course. Please visit the event page online.
BBQ FUNDRAISER WITH OIEF! BRING THE FAMILY!
The Orcas Island Education Foundation (OIEF) is throwing a barbecue and you are all invited on Sunday, May 22 from 2 pm - 5 pm at the Orcas Island Winery! There will be live music and activities for kids provided by A*OK and Farm to Classroom. All proceeds go to fund programs at our public schools. For more information about OIEF, please visit oief.org. Event details here. Tickets available at the Chamber of Commerce or online.

ISLAND PRIMARY CARE HOSTS 5K & HEALTH FAIR
Join Island Primary Care – Orcas for a 5k walk/run and health fair. Activities include 5k walk/run, blood pressure checks, chair massages, games and refreshments. Visit with other Orcas Island community partners at this free event. Join us Saturday, June 4 from 9 am - 3 pm. Registration is required; visit islandhealth.org/beach or call 360-299-4204. Local route information here.

WOMAN IN THE WOODS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER PARTY
Woman in the Woods Productions is delighted to announce that its' fourth annual fundraiser will be held Sunday, June 5, in the Madrona Room at Orcas Center. Doors open at 5 pm. Tickets can be purchased at The Office Cupboard. Read more to learn about this year's theme Look Back and Weep and the fundraiser's live music set.

ORCAS CENTER'S GARDEN GALA
Orcas Center’s Garden Gala - Sunday, June 12. Catered by Chef Amanda Zimlich of Otter’s Pond B&B * Silent auction * Live Auction * Specialty Cocktails * Games for All Ages. Prizes for Creative Hats - Think 1920's/1930's Garden Party! Tickets available to purchase online soon. Early Bird discount by mid-May.
ART AND MUSEUMS
THE VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE COMMUNITY ART SHOW
On display at the Orcas Center: In the Garden May 27 - July 5. Artists of all genres and ages are encouraged to participate with work that reflects a garden theme: flowers, landscapes, fruits and vegetables, animals, microscopic or broad, detailed or abstract. For more information about displaying your art at Orcas Center and the VAC, click here.
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
LIT FEST NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
The Orcas Island Lit Fest is coming this June 3 & 4, and we need your help! Lit Fest Volunteers will receive abundant gratitude, the satisfaction of being part of a truly special event, and free day passes to the Island’s one-of-kind book festival. Interested? Contact paula@oilf.org before May 15.
LOCAL, COUNTY, STATE, FEDERAL RESOURCES
SECURE YOUR LOADS FOR SAFER ROADS, THE EXCHANGE
The Washington Department of Ecology suggests these steps to ensure a secured load: Stock up on materials needed for properly securing items on your vehicle; Strap Down and securely fasten large items directly to your vehicle... More tips, tricks, and advice available here. To follow the online campaign and learn about why secured loads are important, see the following press release.

EL EDC Y EL SBDC OFRECERAN UNA INTRODUCCION A TALLERES Y RECURSOS EN ESPANOL 
(EDC Business workshop offered in Spanish)
Únase al Consejo de Desarrollo Económico del Condado de San Juan (EDC por sus siglas en inglés) y al Centro de Desarrollo de Pequeñas Empresas de Washington (SBDC por sus siglas en inglés) para una introducción a los seminarios web de negocios del SBDC que se ofrecen en español, y una discusión dirigida por la experta asesora comercial Lorena Lowell, el miércoles 17 de mayo a las 4 pm en la sala de reuniones de la Biblioteca Pública de San Juan, o para registrarse en línea por Zoom... más información.

ISLAND HEALTH OFFERS CLASSES & SUPPORT
Join Island Health through the next few months to explore techniques and resources to improve your health. All classes are virtual and require pre-registration. Offerings include improving memory, diabetes care, pregnancy resources, and how to decrease your risk of osteoporosis. These classes begin soon. Register here: www.islandhealth.org/classes or call 360-299-4204.

REQUEST FOR LONG-TERM FARM LEASE PROPOSALS
We invite proposals from skilled farmers and/or farm organizations who wish to move their farm operation and/or agricultural program to Coffelt Farm Preserve on Orcas Island. Proposals must be received by 4 pm on June 1. Click here to download Request for Proposals (RFP) and attachments. For questions call Charlie Behnke at 360-830-7340 or email charlieb@sjclandbank.org for further information. Información en español...

FOREST DEMONSTRATION PROJECT TOUR WITH THE LANDBANK
Turtleback Mountain Preserve Friday, June 3 at 5:30 pm – 7 pm.
The San Juan County Conservation Land Bank, in partnership with the Islands Conservation Corps, Rain Shadow Consulting and the San Juan Preservation Trust, is offering a tour to highlight recent forest management work funded by a Washington Department of Natural Resources grant. Information here.

MARITIME CAREER WORKSHOP SUPPORTED BY EDC
Seafarers Worldwide Career Training is partnering with the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC) and the EDC of San Juan County to offer a one-day Maritime Career Workshop on Saturday, June 4. Participants will learn about the career pathways available locally, the steps to obtaining the necessary credentials to begin a maritime career, as well as hands-on experience... learn more here.

HEALTHCARE CAREER TRAINING BY EDC AND CORNERSTONE
Those seeking to enter health care careers, obtain side income while helping their neighbors, or boost personal care business are invited to get free Home Care Aide (HCA) training through a program offered by the Economic Development Council (EDC) in partnership with Cornerstone Healthcare Training. To learn more, email the EDC at marti@sanjuansedc.org or visit the EDC website: https://sanjuansedc.org/hca. Additional details here.
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.
MORAN STATE PARK
Position: Maintenance Mechanic 1
Details: This position will assist and contribute towards all aspects of park maintenance within the San Juan Park Management Area. Please complete the online job application and profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Use reference number 06902 when searching for the job announcement.

Contact: Moran State Park 360-376-2326

JEN-JAY, INC.
Position: Environmental Scientist / Permitting Specialist
Details: Located on Orcas Island, Jen-Jay is a marine consulting company providing integrated biological, engineering, permitting, and project management assistance. This position works independently and with a team to collect biological data, draft reports for regulatory analysis, and guide the permitting process for multiple concurrent projects. Workplace location is Deer Harbor, WA. If hired, candidate will be required to prove that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.

Contact: Please email resume to tracy@jenjayinc.com
For more information or questions call: 360-376-4664 or visit www.jenjayinc.com

ORCAS COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER
Position: Finance Manager
Details: Responsibilities include general bookkeeping, account management and financial reporting using Quickbooks. Position is 30-40 hours per week and includes benefits. 

Contact: Please send application, resume and cover letter to 
Executive Director Erin O’Dell at erin@orcascrc.org.
Job description and application available at www.orcascrc.org.
FOOD AND DRINKS UPDATES

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOOD AND DRINKS GUIDE
The "FOOD AND DRINKS GUIDE" includes restaurants, stores, wineries, breweries, etc. You will also see restaurants that are seating indoors and requiring vaccination with an added note: *Vaccination proof indoor dining*. You can always see the latest list at: www.bit.ly/orcasdininglist.

Restaurants closed for the season:
Sugar Shack at Cascade Lake
Hogstone Wood Oven