Community Connections


Eastsound’s 11th Annual Mayoral Race kicks off May 25th and runs through July 6th. Help elect our new canine Mayor by buying votes around town in ballot boxes, at the Farmer’s Market booth, or online at All proceeds benefit Orcas Island Children’s House. Woof!

OPAL is holding an Orcas Festival Raffle June 1 – July 8. Includes 2 tickets each for Doe Bay Fest, a Chamber Music Festival event, Imagine Festival, Orcas Island Film Festival, and Hops on the Rock. $10/ticket. for information.

Orcas Door to Door Volunteer Pizza Meetup on June 11th, 6-7 pm, at the Orcas Senior Center. Potential volunteer drivers are invited to learn about volunteering to help our seniors stay connected to their community. Call 360-622-2929 or visit for more information.

Orcas Island Community Band Spring concert; Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 pm at Orcas Center. Admission by donation. Support your musical friends and neighbors by attending a live band concert! Movie tunes, marches, original compositions and classic repertoire. Something for everyone. Contact for more information.

Annual Wine Pairing Dinner and Auction benefiting the Orcas Animal Shelter with A Spanish Feast Fit for Royalty on Saturday, June 15th.  The Victorian Room at the Outlook Inn will feature specialty dishes prepared by Chef Steve Debaste.  Call 360-376-6777 for reservations

Ocean Night: “Beneath the Salish Sea” Free Movie Screening. June 26th, 7pm, SeaView Theatre, FREE Join us at the Sea View Theatre for a beautiful movie about the Salish Sea by underwater videographer Florian Graner. This film is back by popular demand.

Join OPAL and OICF for a Field Day June 29, 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Live music, food and games at Orcas Center to kick-off a special April’s Grove Give Orcas campaign from June 29 – July 8. Entry is by donation. for information.

Join us for our annual Gala OPAL Evening at the Orcas Center, June 29, 5:30pm.  A delicious dinner by Chef Mary Russel, paddle raise and dessert dash to benefit affordable housing on Orcas. $125 per person. for information.

OICF will be hosting a special Give Orcas campaign from June 29 – July 8, to benefit OPAL’s April’s Grove Townhome project on North Beach Road. or for information.

DJ Bruce Pavitt is hosting a Dance-A-Thon at the Oddfellows Hall July 7, 4:00pm – Midnight. Dance to music through the decades in support of OPAL’s April’s Grove Townhome project. Entry is by donation. for information.

Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ presented by Michael Armenia of the Orcas Island Shakespeare Society. Friday, July 12, 10am-5pm, public library. Free class for women who would consider auditioning for the all-female production of ‘Hamlet’ in 2020.  For more information, email

Sail Orcas – Come meet us! Summertime Junior Summer Lessons (enroll now; July 13th Marine Yard Sail & Open House: 9-3pm (donations welcome!);  Summertime Dinghy Racing, Tuesdays 5pm, (all ages, need some sailing experience) Contact:

SeaDoc Society Wine & Sea Auction. July 13th, 5-8pm, Indian Point, Orcas Island, $150. Premiere wines, exclusive auction items and wonderful company. This fundraiser enables SeaDoc to conduct important science that helps protect the Salish Sea and its species. RSVP at

Market Day sale at Emmanuel.  Find treats, toys and treasures Saturday, July 27, at Market Day, Emmanuel Episcopal Church annual gigantic sale, bake sale with high tea and hot dogs. The fun runs 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Don’t miss it! 

The 9th Annual Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival takes place on the Village Green July 27th from 11am-4pm. Sip a wide array of ciders and meads while supporting Orcas Island Children’s House. Tickets and info at

Friends of the San Juans Boat Tours. Discover your islands. Protect what you love. 6/13: History of Fishing, Industry & Smuggling, 7/18: Jones Island, 8/8: Stuart Island. Tours timed with ferry arrivals from Orcas, and leave from SJI. Register Now 

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s 22nd Season – August 2nd – 17th! Concerts, lectures, free pre-concert Talks, Children’s Concert, and Open Rehearsal for Seniors. More information and tickets at

Join Wolf Hollow at Pelindaba Lavender Farm for a fantastic fete fundraiser. Food, fun, and festivities along with an auction. All to benefit the wonderful work of Wolf Hollow. Friday, August 9, 2019. 6:00pm-9:00pm. 45 Hawthorn Ln, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For information and to purchase tickets visit,  email or call 360-378-5000.

Save the Date for HeArt of ORCAS! A celebration of Orcas art, music, good food, and wine to benefit Orcas Senior Center Nonprofit. Sunday, August 25, 2019, 5-7:30pm at OrcaSong Farm. Contact Bonnie Morris at 503-997-1913 for more information.

Orcas Center has a full calendar of performances, community theater opportunities, and workshops all summer long. Check out the events calendar online at


Orcas Island School District is looking for volunteers for their summer reading program, July 15th – August 9th. Volunteers will work with 1st – 3rd grade students for 2 hours daily. Training is provided! Please submit a letter of interest to Lorena Stankevich at
The Island Reproductive Health Initiative (IRHI) promotes prevention of unplanned pregnancies and STDs through education and funding for local, sexual health medical care. We seek a person with moderate financial and administrative skills to serve on our Steering Committee. Contact: Jean Henigson at (360-376-6549).

Orcas Island Lions Club can use some help with tent raisings, several times during the summer.  Send us your name and e-mail address to Typically a 2 hour activity with good people and sometimes a lunch.

Orcas Senior Center Nonprofit Seeks Sandwich Artist Volunteers for monthly Senior Tea. Great opportunity to share sandwich recipes and meet new inter generational friends. Contact Maggie Kaplan at 360-376-5372.

Orcas Senior Center Nonprofit Seeks Volunteer Digital Photography Instructor. Use new technology equipment to sort pictures, plan presentations, create vivid images, and more. Class schedule flexible. Contact Vicki O’Keefe at 360-370-7723 or

Orcas Senior Center Nonprofit Seeks Data Entry Volunteer. Do you have meticulous attention to detail? Do you have experience working with Excel? OSC could use your talents! Contact Lena Kassa at 360-376-7929 or

Become a Member of Orcas Senior Center Nonprofit TODAY! Take advantage of exclusive member discounts and support OSC at the same time. To read more about the benefits of being an OSC member or to become a member, go to

Add new joy to your routine by becoming a Hearts and Hands Volunteer at Orcas Senior Center Nonprofit. At least two people – including you – will be very glad you showed up! Neighbors helping neighbors. Contact John Slater at 360-370-0562.

Do you LOVE wildlife? Do you have some time? Join Wolf Hollow in putting on the Lavender Fete. We need volunteers to help with planning the event, securing donations for the auction, and helping the day/evening of the event. Those volunteering 4 hours or more receive a complimentary ticket to the event. Please email Chanda Stone at or call 360-378-5000

Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) needs people to train as docents and work 2-hour shifts educating recyclers to correctly separate cardboard, as well as other items to recycle.  Call Duff 360-420-6079.  Training on 29 May 3-5 PM.

 Do you have gently loved clothes that are ready to pass along?  The Resource Center partners with our local Consignment shops to offer credit generated from our account to help islanders in need shop for clothes. Adult and Teen sized clothes can go to Sequel and Children’s clothes to Cherry T’s. Just make sure to write Orcas Community Resource Center on your bags. It may be a good idea to check with the shop before you donate to make sure they are open and accepting items. Your help makes a huge difference for our neighbors in need.

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.