Community Connections


Music Advocacy Group – 100 MUSICIANS! 1 GREAT CAUSE! Sunday, March 1st, 3:00pm @ HIGH SCHOOL GYM. This FUN concert, and post-concert reception, features Orcas Choral Society, Community Band, Island Sinfonia and Orcas student musicians. Your donations sustain school music!

Seadoc Presents- Salish Sea Wild: Tufted Puffins! March 4th, 6:30 pm. Join Joe Gaydos and Bob Friel on an adventure-packed excursion to study endangered tufted puffins and watch the debut of our latest Salish Sea Wild!

A-OK presents A Night of Wine and Art with Brook Meinhardt, Weds. March 4th, 5pm – 8pm at Orcas Island Winery. For more information:

Connecting the Dots… History lecture at Orcas Senior Center examines the concept of unity throughout history and in the present day through spiritual, theoretical, and “somewhat scientific” lenses with an eye toward the future of civilization. Friday, March 6 at 1:15pm

Orcas Center Art Opening Reception: Geoff Shilling. March 6th, 5:30-7pm. The Community Art Show is open to all Orcas Island Artists and this show particularly welcomes fiber artists. Geoff Shilling will be the featured artist in the Lobby.

Spring Brunch with Christina Orchid at Orcas Senior Center, Sunday, March 15, 11am and 12:30pm. Spring Brunch is an annual benefit for Meals on Wheels and More. Tickets available at Orcas Senior Center Front Desk and online at

Orcas Center’s Annual Meeting – Public Welcome! March 15th, 4pm-5:30pm. Come be a part of the changes at Orcas Center! Members can vote in the upcoming election. A bonus highlight of Chicago will be presented during the meeting.

Meeting of the Minds lecture about our San Juan Islands National Monument at Orcas Senior Center Wednesday, March 18 at 1pm. Learn about the Bureau of Land Management’s presence here in the islands and about the past, present, and future of the monument.

Come check out A-OK’s annual Spring Garage Sale in the School Cafeteria. Saturday March 21st, 10am – 3pm. Keep an eye out for A-OK’s spring Clay Café– coming in April- Date TBD.

Orcas Center Art Opening Reception: Lit Fest. April 3rd, 5:30-7pm. The Community Art Show is open to all Orcas Island Artists and this show particularly welcomes art inspired by literature. For more information visit

Off-Center Dance Party with DJs Charlie Eon and Ian Welch. April 4th, 8pm. Come dance your cares away in Orcas Center’s Black Box with DJ Charlie Eon and Ian Welch.

Coming this April 17–19, the 3rd annual Orcas Island Lit Fest, featuring Timothy Egan, Nicola Griffith, Luis Alberto Urrea and over 60 other guest authors.  A celebration of literature and community for everyone who loves books!

Help The Exchange celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earthday! The Great Islands Cleanup is Saturday April 18, 10am, @ The Village Green. We are also putting together an all-day Earth day festival on April 22 with events all day long!

On April 25th SAFE San Juans will have their 4th Annual Twilight 5k Walk/Run. It will begin and end at Orcas Athletics-walkers start at 7pm and runners at 8pm. Any questions call SAFE at 360.376.5979 or

Seniors Have Talent at Orcas Senior Center is back! Sunday, April 26 at 2pm. Showcasing talent 60 years wonderful and up. Tickets available at Orcas Senior Center Front Desk. For more information, go to

Orcas Montessori is having their annual Spring Carnivale Gala May 9th from 5:30-8:30 at the Parish Hall.

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

Explore, protect and restore what you love in the San Juan Islands with Friends of the San Juans! Visit for more info and to register for our 2020 events.

Watch for three new Sail Orcas activities this summer!  A week of kids’ Marine Science and Sailing, Women’s Learn to Sail classes, and new Learn to Race classes. Visit for more info.

Want to learn more about the Funhouse?  Come on a Discovery Tour! Join us for a behind the scenes look at our mission, youth programming, and the children we serve. Contact Nicole for info. 376-7177 or

Volunteer Opportunities:

Orcas Center seeks volunteers! Whether you want to work front-of-the-house, help build sets, or assist in admin efforts, you’ll learn new skills, meet great people, and have fun! For more information visit

Orcas Island Children’s House is now accepting application submissions for the 2020 Mayor of Eastsound. Do you have a furry, feathered, or gilled pet that has what it takes to be the next great leader of our town? If so, contact Ady at by March 31st.

Indian Island Marine Health Observatory is seeking new volunteers as docents and citizen-scientists for summer 2020 and beyond! Training sessions in Eastsound April 4th and April 11th. Email for details and registration. Get involved in local marine biology and bird conservation and help protect Indian Island!

Please consider sharing your caring with one of our island neighbors who needs a wee bit of you – just an hour or two a week – to maintain independence and remain engaged in our community. Hearts and Hands at Orcas Senior Center. Contact John Slater at 360-370-0562.

Now seeking volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels and for medical transportation at Orcas Senior Center. Volunteer drivers help deliver hot meals to homebound seniors and/or drive seniors to mainland medical appointments. If interested, please contact Jami Mitchell at 360-376-7926.

Seeking Rowers! The goal of the Orcas Island Rowing Association (OIRA) is to provide the community on Orcas Island with the opportunity to learn and excel in the sport of rowing.  We offer opportunities for all ages (13 years – no limit).  Please visit our website for more information.

Recovery in Community works with Orcas Islanders facing addiction and mental health issues. If you or someone you know needs support and connection please contact us at 360-317-3119 and go to our website to find out more.

SAFE San Juans is a community-based nonprofit agency, supporting victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. We have the following needs for Orcas Island (includes Shaw Island): Volunteer advocate, Director (volunteer member of the Board of Directors), Safe House provider, Financial Donations (help us maintain a strong presence on Orcas Island). For information about SAFE San Juans call 360-378-8680, go to our web site

Friends of the Orcas Library seeks volunteers to help sort donated books, handle eBay sales, and stock the lobby sales area. We can always use help setting up and managing the Winter Book Sale and Summer Library Fair. Contact: or

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 who can post IRHI information on social media aimed at 20 – 35 year olds. Contact: Jean Henigson, 360-376-6549.

Farm to Classroom brings about 200 kids, (k-8) in the public school, outside in the garden every week to garden, cook, create, move and enjoy nature. We are always in need of volunteer guests, gently used tools, monetary donations, and perennial plants, trees and shrubs! contact Colleen at

Friends of The Olga Store Building has recently organized the community’s purchase of this beloved historic building that will host Olga Post Office and a branch of Orcas Food Co-op! We are in Phase 3: Renovation, and need volunteers, monetary donations and low-interest loans to get this building reopened! See to learn more.

Want to learn all about recycling, and then teach others? Join The Exchange’s team of volunteer docents! We train you, and then you spend time on our “z-wall” helping the community recycle right. Contact coordinator Jim “Duff” Duffield at

The Food Bank is currently looking to fill two positions: Seeking a cleaner for the building every two weeks, about 2 hours each time. pay is $35 per hour.. Also seeking a driver with a large pickup or van to pick up our deliveries of food from the Bellingham Food Bank once per month. Expenses paid. For more info call 376-4445 or 376-4701.

Orcas Montessori School is looking for board members to join our hardworking and well-functioning team. If you have a passion for the importance of supporting the needs of preschool children in our community please contact Teresa Chocano at 376-5350 to schedule a visit to our school and see how you can help. We are getting ready for our exciting expansion project and are looking for community support. Call us and find out how you can help.