Community Connections


SeaDoc Society Ocean Night: Return of the River “Return of the River” offers a story of hope and possibility amid grim environmental news. SeaDoc will screen it for free at the Sea View Theatre with its creator, Jessica Plumb, there for a Q&A. Concessions and bar will be open. Wed., March 13. Doors open at 6:30. Show at 7.

Kaleidoscope’s Pet Parade will be Saturday, May 25th, Memorial Day weekend. Join the parade and bring your costumed pet to the Public School at 10:45am. Or watch as we march through Eastsound at 11:30am, ending at the Village Green for awards.

Orcas Choral Society Spring Concert: Revel in Vivaldi’s beloved Gloria and Bach’s lively Mass in F Major at the Orcas Choral Society’s spring concert, Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. at the Orcas Center. Contact/tickets:

Calling all wizards and scientists! The Funhouse Science Fair is April 5th from 3:30 to 5:30pm at the Public School Cafeteria. Grades 1-12, groups up to 3 welcome to register! We need volunteers, wizards, and demonstrators! Visit for details!

Orcas Island Historical Museums present Vintage Vows on Saturday, May 11, 3-6 pm at the Orcas Center. This is a re-enactment of the 1916 wedding of Bill McLachlin and Edith Lehmann. The reception includes food, music, and auction. Tickets at or 360-376-4849.

Music Advocacy Group: 100 MUSICIANS! 1 GREAT CAUSE! Sunday, March 3, 3:00 pm @ HIGH SCHOOL GYM. This FUN concert features Orcas Choral Society, Community Band, Island Sinfonia and Orcas student musicians. Donations sustain music education in Orcas Public Schools.

Orcas Island Lit Fest, April 5-7, a celebration of literature and community that welcomes everyone who loves books. Join us for three days of panel discussions, readings and kids’ events featuring world-class writers and local authors. Information at

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) invites high school seniors and career-changers to participate in free trades workshops. Visit for more information.

The Second Annual A*OK Garage Sale will be held on March 16th from 10 – 3 at the School Cafeteria. Come support Art Education in the Elementary and Middle Schools. This year there will be an “Artist’s Alcove “ where you can purchase art donated by many of our island’s talented artists who are supporting the next generation of local artists. Questions? Call Jane at 376-5025.

Join us for OPAL Community Land Trust’s Annual Meeting, April 24, 2018 at 5:30pm at the Episcopal Parish Hall. Bring a potluck dish and learn about what OPAL is working on to help affordable housing on Orcas.

The 31st Annual Spring Healing Arts Fair is a fundraiser for the Healing Arts Center. Exact date TBD in April/May. Our mailing list recipients get first notice; sign up at Discounted sessions with our massage & other practitioners fill up quickly!

Orcas Island Children’s House kicks off its annual “Table for Two” raffle April 6. Three lucky winners drawn on May 12th will enjoy meals or drinks for two at multiple local establishments. Tickets can be purchased weekends outside Island Market, the Farmer’s Market and via

Lifeline Health Screenings at Orcas Senior Center, May 9. Ultrasound and EKG screenings for cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis risk for men and women. Register online TODAY at to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Meeting of the Mind – Study of the Circle at Orcas Senior Center, March 6, 1pm. Bradford Hanson-Smith will lecture on the use of paper folding to understand mathematical function. For more information, go to

Meeting of the Minds – Experience with Earthwatch Institute at Orcas Senior Center, April 3, 1pm. Don and Sandi McVay will describe some of their observations as volunteers with the Earthwatch Institute ( For more information, go to

Meeting of the Minds – An Acre Shy of Eternity at Orcas Senior Center, May 1, 1pm. Bob Dash will present his study on Orcas Island’s fascinating landscape from vistas to the microcosm of a single spore. For more information, go to

Free Technology Classes at Orcas Senior Center, Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 3pm. Classes include lessons on how to use iPhones and smart phones, computer security, and basic computer usage. For more information, go to

Seniors Have Talent at Orcas Senior Center, April 7, 2pm. Join us for a fun filled show of local 60 years and older talent. Tickets available at Orcas Senior Center Front Desk. For more information, go to

The Great Islands Clean-up will be Saturday, April 20, from 10am to 2pm. Island Market is challenging anyone to put a team together to beat their garbage collection total for the day–and if they are beaten, they will donate $2,000 to ORS/The Exchange, and buy everyone on your team beers at Island Hoppin’ Brewery afterwards! Organize your groups now!

ORS/The Exchange is taking over the Orcas Center to present an Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 21st featuring an inter-island ‘Trashion Fashion’ show; a ‘Junk Art’ opening and contest; and a serious waste-stream management brainstorming convention! Save the date, and get in touch if you want to help. 

Do you have a child bound for Kindergarten in the fall this year? If so, keep a lookout for our upcoming Kindergarten Transition Program in May. There will be a free catered dinner for families and teachers from all schools and a tour of the public school for kids as well. Questions: Call the Orcas Community Resource Center at 360-376-3184 or email

Volunteer Opportunities

Orcas Island Historical Museums would love for you to join their docent team! You greet visitors and share a little of the history of the buildings. Training with an experienced docent. If interested, contact Brittney at 360-376-4849.

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is always looking for volunteers. Help with brochure mailings, merchandise sales, musician meals, set-up for events and so much more – we appreciate and value your help, year-round! Contact Tracy at (360) 376-6636 or

SAFE San Juans seeks volunteers for: event planning, fund raising, office help & cleaning and Board members. If you want to be a part of “Empowering Our Islands To Live Free Of Abuse” send a letter of interest to:

The Island Reproductive Health Initiative (IRHI), which promotes prevention of unplanned pregnancies and STDs through education and funding for local, sexual health medical care, seeks someone willing to help sustain this program by serving on its Steering Committee. Contact: Alison Shaw <>, 360-376-2695.

Cozy Up in the Coffelt Farmstand! Coffelt Farm Stewards are currently seeking volunteers to tend to the Farmstand on Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays from 1-5pm. Bring your knitting or a book while spending time on the serene Coffelt Farm Preserve. Contact Kate at or 360-376-3410. 

Volunteer Drivers Needed! Please help our seniors get to essential appointments, shopping and errands. For information, or to volunteer, call 360-622-2929 or visit Orcas Door to Door Assistive Transportation is a Lahari Aging on Orcas Program. 

Orcas Island Children’s House is looking for volunteers and donations to support the cost of lumber and materials to rebuild two playground fences. Contact Executive Director Susan Anderson 360-376-4744 or email

Orcas Island Children’s House is seeking mayoral candidates for its 11th Annual Honorary Mayor of Eastsound race. Learn more about obligations and requirements for candidates and their managers via All proceeds benefit the school. Deadline for consideration is April 1.

Do you love to plan parties? The Orcas Animal Protection Society could use your help making a special event even more fun. Contact the Shelter at 360-376-6777 or email

Love animals but the timing is not right to adopt? In special circumstances, the Orcas Animal Shelter needs short term foster homes for dogs and cats. Everything needed to care for the animal is provided. Contact the Shelter at 360-376-6777.