Here's What's Happening on Orcas Island!
The week of March 14, 2019
ORCAS ISLAND COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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EVENTS
PROTECT WHAT YOU LOVE
(Thursday, March 14, 12-1:30 pm @ Orcas Senior Center; Tuesday, March 19 on Lopez; Wednesday, March 20 on San Juan)
Friends of the San Juans will explore the plight of the Southern Resident orcas and engage the community in recovery. Read more..
MAMMA MIA!
(Thursday-Sunday, March 14-17, 7:30 pm @ Orcas Center)
On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Runs through Saturday, March 30. For tickets, days and times, Read more...

MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Alita - Battle Angel
(Friday-Saturday, March 15-16, 7:30 pm @ Seaview Theater)
PG-13 ‧ Fantasy/Science Fiction ‧ 2h 2m. Information: call 360-376-5724.

ART FOR KIDS (A-OK) GARAGE SALE
(Saturday, March 16, 10 am - 3 pm @ Public School Cafeteria)
Come and support this important program at the schools. Visit the "Artist's Alcove" where you can purchase local art for prices below market value. oief.org. Read more...
LAMB WALK FIELD TRIP: SENIOR CENTER
(Saturday, March 16, 12:30 pm)
Coffelt Farm’s cows, Maple and Marigold, are excited to welcome seniors to their annual lambing event! To reserve a spot on the bus, call the Orcas Senior Center at 360-376-2677. Read more...


CARMEN: The Metropolitan Opera: Captured Live in HD
(Saturday, March 16, 1pm @ Orcas Center)
World premiere: Opéra Comique, Paris, 1875. Bizet’s masterpiece of the gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules has had an impact far beyond the opera house.  Read more...

MARCH TURTLEBACK MARCH!
(Sunday, March 17, 1 pm sharp @ Turtleback Mountain Preserve)
The San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Preservation Trust invite you to welcome spring with a 5 mile “Up and Over” hike of Turtleback Mountain Preserve!   Read more...
SALISH SEA EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL
(Sunday, March 17, 7:30 pm @ Adventist Fellowship Church)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas with Hans-Jurgen Schnoor and Jeffrey Cohan. For more program information visit salishseafestival.org.

ORCAS ISLAND GARDEN CLUB: WEEDS OR WILDFLOWERS?
(Wednesday, March 20, 10 am @ Orcas Center)
Jane Wentworth, Master Gardener with a master’s degree in Botany, specializes in identifying and promoting native plants, and in the prevention and management of invasive plants. Read more...

IMAGINE CONVERGENCE 
(Thursday-Sunday, March 21-24 @ Rosario Resort)
The Imagine Convergence is gathering changemakers, intellectuals, innovators and cultural creatives to explore cross-disciplinary solutions to global complexities. Read more... 

MAMMA MIA "SING-A-LONG"
(Thursdays, March 21 and March 28, 7:30 pm @ Orcas Center)
Come and sing along to your favorite ABBA tunes with these special performances of Mamma Mia! Read more...

I’M NOT RUNNING
(Saturday, March 23, 1 pm @ Orcas Center-Streaming Live) 
I’m Not Running is an explosive new play written by Academy Award-nominated writer David Hare. Pauline Gibson is a junior doctor, who becomes the face of a campaign to save her local hospital.  Read more...

MARTYRDOM ANNIVERSARY OF SAN SALVADOREAN ARCHBISHOP
(Saturday, March 23, 7 pm @ Emmanuel Parish Hall)
Jeffry Steele will accompany images from El Salvador. Father Berto will read the words of Oscar Romero, provide historical background, and draw connections to conditions in El Salvador today. Read more...

SPRING DANCE
(Saturday, March 23, 7:30 pm @ Odd Fellows Hall)
We are honored to have the big band sounds of Orcatrazz bringing us the music of the 30s, 40s and more. Come out and enjoy an evening of “Ballroom Dance”. For more information, call Bill at 360-376-8857. (By donations).

“LOVE IS MORE THAN A MEMORY"
(Monday, March 25 @ Orcas Senior Center)
The presentation will focus on ways for caregivers and companions to manage changes associated with Alzheimer’s Disease in the home. Admission is FREE. Read more...

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
(Tuesday, March 26, 1:30 - 3:30 pm @ Orcas Island Library)
The San Juan County Department of Emergency Management and Economic Development Council are teaming up to present a training on Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses. In order to participate, please register online here.

BOOK TALK: AYERS' RESTORATION OF A ST CROIX PLANTATION
(Wednesday, March 27, 6 - 7 pm @ Darvills Bookstore)
One of America’s oldest fully restored sugar and rum plantations is the subject of a book, “Estate Mount Washington: The Discovery and Resurrection of a Lost Plantation” written by residents Tony and Nancy Ayer. Read more...
WOMAN IN THE WOODS PRODUCTIONS
(Saturday, March 30, 5:30 - 8:30 pm @ Rosario Beach House)
Woman in the Woods Productions presents its 2nd Annual fundraiser featuring Award-Winning musicians and a succulent dinner provided by Orcas Village Store. Tickets can be purchased at The Office Cupboard. Read more...

SPRING BRUNCH BENEFIT with CHEF CHRISTINA ORCHID
(Sunday, March 31, 11am-2 pm @ Orcas Senior Center)
The now legendary Spring Brunch with Chef Christina Orchid is a benefit for the Meals on Wheels and More program.Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Purchase at the front desk. Read more...

ORCAS ISLAND LIT FEST
(Lit Walk: Friday, April 5, 4-8 pm in Eastsound. Kids' Fest: Saturday, 10:30-noon @ Orcas Library. Festival: April 6-7 @ Orcas Center.)
The 2nd annual Orcas Island Lit Fest, a celebration of literature and community, returns with a fantastic lineup of 60 local, regional and nationally renowned authors.  Read more...

FUNHOUSE SCIENCE FAIR
(Friday, April 5, 3:30-5:30 pm @ Public School Cafeteria)
Calling all wizards and scientists! Grades 1-12, groups up to 3 welcome to register! We need volunteers, wizards, and demonstrators! Visit funhousecommons.org for details!
ANNOUNCEMENTS
ROTARY CLUB HAS SPECIAL SPEAKER
(Friday, March 15, 5 - 6 pm @ Eastsound Fire Station)
Brittney Maruska, Executive Director of Orcas Island Historical Museums, believes in telling history through community collaborations and is always looking for new partners. Read more...

DISCOVER PASS FREE DAY
Washington State Parks offers several "free days" when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. The next free day is March 19 — State Park’s 106th birthday!

ORCAS ISLAND BLOOD DRIVE
(Thursday, March 21, 11 am -5 pm @ Eastsound Fire Station)
Bring photo ID. To schedule an appointment visit schedule.bloodworksnw.org, sponsor code 2650, or call 1-800-398-7888.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
(Tuesday, March 26, 1:30 - 3:30 pm @ Orcas Island Library)
The San Juan County Department of Emergency Management and Economic Development Council are teaming up to present a training on Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses. In order to participate, please register online here.

EDC OFFERS CONSTRUCTION BASICS TRAINING
(Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 26 - May 16 @ Lopez Island High School) This class is free to residents of San Juan County, but space is limited and requires pre-registration by March 19, as well as a filing fee of $10.
EDC OFFERS LOW VOLTAGE/FIBER OPTIC TRAINING
(Mondays and Wednesdays, April 13-May 8 @ Friday Harbor High School) EDC is partnering with Rock Island to offer free training in low voltage wiring and fiber optic installation. Pre-registration by March 27 and a $10 filing fee are required.  Read more...

SPRING BREAKS MEAN MORE VISITORS TO THE ISLAND
In recent years, schools have staggered Spring breaks. So if you notice the village a little busier, this might be the reason. Spring Break schedules are:
Portland Schools: March 25-29, Seattle Schools: April 8-12, Orcas Schools: April 22-26.

FARM TO CLASSROOM GREENHOUSE FUNDS NEEDED
Winter winds deconstructed the temporary greenhouse and a more permanent one is wanted for the Farm to Classroom program. This March they are looking for matching donations, and once they have secured those funds, they'll open up an online gofundme campaign for April.  Read more...

DEER HARBOR CHARTERS MARCH WHALE & WILDLIFE TOURS
March naturalist guided Off Season tours are up and running! Departures are from the Deer Harbor Marina. Call us at 360-376-5989 or visit deerharborcharters.com.   Read more...             
OPPORTUNITY TO PARTNER WITH LOCAL TOURING COMPANY
Salish Sea Tour Co. is looking to add Orcas Island partners in several industries for their busy upcoming season. We work with groups that range from 2-10 people and offer a number of different itineraries.  Read more...

ORCAS ISLAND'S PLAYFEST
If you are interested in acting or directing, you can read through any of the scripts at the Orcas Island Library. Auditions will be held in late March or early April. If you're interested in directing, please contact us. Read more...
APPLY FOR FARM FUND GRANTS
The San Juan County FARM Fund is a grant program started by the Orcas Food Co-op as a vehicle for increasing local food production and developing sustainable agriculture in San Juan County. Producers throughout San Juan County are eligible to apply for grants up to $2,500. A total of up to $10,000 is available. Read more...

SEVERAL JOB OPENINGS ON CHAMBER WEBSITE
Newest job listings are Pelindaba: Specialty retail position, Islander's Bank: Teller Position and Orcas Food Co-op: Deli Leadership, Deli Clerk, Deli Cook, Produce Clerk & Grocery Clerk: Farmer's Market Manager. See details and other employment opportunities here .
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SHOP THE ROCK
ST. PATRICK’S DAY SPECIAL
(Friday, March 15, Starting at 11 am @ Island Market)
We are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish Menu in our deli, while supplies last. Corned Beef & Cabbage ($10/pp), Slow Roasted Corned Beef Brisket, Irish Colcannon, Irish Buttered Carrots & a Grand slice of Irish Bread.
ORCAS FOOD CO-OP: COMMUNITY HERO PROGRAM BENEFITS SAFE SAN JUANS (3% Thursday, March 21)
The mission of SAFE San Juans is the prevention and elimination of domestic violence and sexual assault through victim services, education, community awareness and cultural and social change. Read more...
RESTAURANT NEWS
BE SURE TO CHECK DINING GUIDE FOR UPDATED DAYS AND TIMES
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME ICE CREAM?!
(Friday-Monday, Noon- 8 pm)
All your favorite ice creams, sodas, malts, sundaes, shrubs and more; as well as your favorite paninis and soups. Read more...

WILD ISLAND
Closed until March 19.

ROSARIO RESORT CLOSED FOR PRIVATE EVENT
(Thursday-Sunday, March 21-24 @ Rosario Resort)
The Mansion Restaurant and Moran Lounge will be closed to the public for the Imagine Convergence Festival, We will re-open Sunday, March 24 at 3 pm for dinner service. 360-376-2222
ENTERTAINMENT
OPEN MIC, KARAOKE, LIVE MUSIC. Read more...

ST. PATRICK'S DAY LIVE MUSIC
(Sunday, March 17, 7:30 - 10:30 pm @ White Horse Pub)
Celebrate Saint Patrick’s with live Irish music! Crow Valley Stringband with Dave Zoeller, Dave Parrish and Lesley Liddle will be playing toe tapping tunes. No cover charge. There’s Guinness and corn beef !
( No concert March 25 ) ROSARIO MUSIC CONCERT AND HISTORICAL NARRATIVE 
(Saturdays, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm @ Rosario Resort) 
A presentation of music and history of the Moran family and the Rosario estate with Christopher Peacock. Opera music performed on the Mansion's 1,972 pipe organ and original piano compositions played on the 1900 Steinway Grand Piano. Complimentary and open to the public. 360-376-2222
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
WOMEN’S WELLNESS SERIES
(Mondays, March 18 - April 22, 5:30 - 7:30 pm @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio) 
This 6-week Series provides resources and self-care tools to holistically support Women’s long-term vibrant health.Taught by Suzi Zobrist. $120 for 6 classes.  Read more...

SPRING WOMEN'S WELLNESS WEEKEND
(Friday- Sunday, March 29 - 31 @ Camp Orkila)
There will be opportunities to adventure, cook, craft, or simply relax. Activities include paddle boarding, zip lining, kayaking, as well as workshops on cooking, yoga, and meditation. Registration ends March 21 . Read more...

CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE TO REDUCE SIDE EFFECTS OF CHEMOTHERAPY
A combination of Chinese Herbal Medicine and chemotherapy has enhanced the efficacy of chemotherapy, time to disease (cancer) progression, and overall survival time. To make an appointment, call 376-2564. Read more... All services by Dr. Vincent Shu listed here .
OMARI BEAUTY BAR
The Milk & Honey Facial offering has been extended through March 31. This facial includes several layers of exfoliation, plus the added benefit of deep hydration to combat winter dryness. Visit us online for all the details: OmariBeautyBar.com/specials.


WILD ROSE LTD SPECIAL
Aura Reading/Chakra Balancing. Learn your gifts, rebuild your weakness, balance your systems. Past-life input. Angel assist. 1 hour for $75. Call Deborah Darnier at 360-376-4188.
RESTORATIVE YOGA CLASS
(Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio) 
We will explore well-supported poses to restore your natural rhythm. Accessible for all levels, ages and body types. orcasmandala.com.

LICENSED MASSAGE PRACTITIONERS WANTED
Pelindaba Lavender is seeking a collaborative partnership with motivated, reliable Licensed Massage Practitioners on Orcas Island.  Read more...
ART AND MUSEUMS
MARCH ART EXHIBIT AT ORCAS CENTER: “COMING FULL CIRCLE”
Bradford Hanson-Smith is a working artist and also a teacher in the process of exploring geometry through folding paper. While on Orcas, he will be presenting several workshops. Read more...

WASHINGTON FEDERAL ARTIST OF THE MONTH: John Berry
Neoclassical paintings in the style of Leonardo da Vinci, is the centerpiece of John Berry's exhibition. Read more...

LITERARY ARTS AT ORCAS CENTER THIS APRIL
Island artists are invited to bring works for the “Orcas Community Artists” show in the Madrona Room. In keeping with April’s literary focus, artwork related to books is encouraged but all art is welcomed. For this exhibit, artwork will be accepted on Wednesday, April 3, 10 am to 2 pm.  Read more...
IN CONJUNCTION WITH ORCAS ISLAND LIT FEST: EXHIBITION OF "MADONNA COMIX"
(Reception Thursday, April 4, 5:30 - 7 pm @ Orcas Center)
Madonna Comix is a collaboration between artist Dianne Kornberg and poet Celia Bland and will be on exhibition in the lobby through the end of April. Read more...
ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Visit Patos Island Exhibit before it ends March 30. Open Wed-Sat, 12-3 pm by donation. Members free. orcasmuseums.org

MORAN MANSION MUSEUM TOURS
The Mansion is open to the public for a self-guided tour from 8 am - 9 pm daily. The tour is free. Rosario Resort: 360-376-2152.
PUBLIC MEETINGS ON ORCAS ISLAND
Mount Constitution Hike