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The Utah Ballroom Dance Company is coming to town.

Utah Ballroom Dance Company presents ‘CineMagic’

The Utah Ballroom Dance Company is coming to town with their award-winning showcase “CineMagic,” a ballroom dance tribute to the music of the silver screen.

  • Apr 18th, 2013
The Utah Ballroom Dance Company is coming to town.

Benefit dinner for DVSAS

Lopez residents are invited to “Dinner on the Move: An Elegant Evening on the Rock for an Exceptional Cause” on May 5 from 4 to 9 p.m., and benefits the work of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services.

  • Apr 12th, 2013
Award-winning regional novelist Molly Gloss.

Award-winning writer to read new work on Lopez

Award-winning regional novelist Molly Gloss will read from her work in progress on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at Woodman Hall. The reading is sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Island Library and SHARK REEF Literary Magazine. The event is the highlight of the Friends’ annual meeting.

  • Apr 11th, 2013
Award-winning regional novelist Molly Gloss.
Drómeno

Greek and Balkan dance tunes

On Saturday evening, April 13, at 7:30 p.m., join us for a live music party with a wonderful band from Seattle, Drómeno. The band will start with a concert performance, and continue with numbers from Greece, Macedonia and Bulgaria, definitely meant to be danced to, and dance teacher Thea Huijgen, from Lopez, will be teaching and leading dances during that set to make sure they are.

  • Apr 5th, 2013
Drómeno
Lopez Community Trails Network is putting on a trail building clinic that is open to the public

Upcoming trail building clinic

The Lopez Community Trails Network will be hosting a trail building clinic from April 9-11 on Lopez. The Washington Trails Association (www.wta.org), known for their trail building and maintenance work, will bring trainers to teach participants all about the art of building trails, from initial planning and design all the way through construction and finishing.

  • Apr 2nd, 2013
Lopez Community Trails Network is putting on a trail building clinic that is open to the public

Lopez Historical Society wants your photos

Were you on Lopez in the 1970s? Do you have photos of that very interesting time?

  • Mar 27th, 2013
Grisha Krivchenia

San Juan pianist at Community Center

Pianist Grisha Krivchenia, from San Juan Island, will perform at 7 p.m., at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts on Saturday, April 6.

  • Mar 27th, 2013
Grisha Krivchenia
Brittany Haas

Bluegrass music comes to Woodman Hall on Saturday

Musical excellence is on its way to Woodmen Hall, in the shape of five young bluegrass musicians. When fiddler Brittany Haas, guitarist Jordan Tice, and bassist Paul Kowert join their talents with Cahalen Morrison and Eli West on March 30, 7- 9 p.m., the results will be memorable.

  • Mar 27th, 2013
Brittany Haas
Catalina Kohring

Catalina Kohring receives award

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor presented its annual awards at the Notable Women’s Luncheon, March 6.

  • Mar 19th, 2013
Catalina Kohring

‘The Broken Consort in Milan, London and Paris’ featured at Grace Church

During the decades before and after 1600, Milan, London and Paris were vibrant centers of chamber music activity that holds many mysteries.

  • Mar 13th, 2013
John Reischman

John Reischman in concert

World renowned mandolin master John Reischman will perform at The Lopez Community Centre, Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m., with a special release show of his new CD, “Walk Along John.” The release features original and traditional instrumentals performed by John and guests including Chris Thile, Bruce Molsky, Tony Trischka, Eli West, Trent Freeman, Patrick Metzger and Kenny Smith.

  • Mar 12th, 2013
John Reischman

Deadline for Native Plant Sale Orders extended

The Native Plant Sale order deadline has been extended one week until March 28. Order now to take advantage of price discounts through the annual sale sponsored by WSU Master Gardeners and the San Juan Islands Conservation District.

  • Mar 7th, 2013

SJI Agricultural Summit

The San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit is just around the corner on Saturday, March 16 at Friday Harbor Middle School. Join fellow farmers and farm advocates from throughout the San Juan Islands for a weekend of inspiration, education, and comradery.

  • Mar 7th, 2013

Florence Wagner | Senior Spotlight

There’s an empty house in the Hamlet which gives Florence Wagner mixed feelings. She bought it following the death of her husband Jackson, fearing that her own health was deteriorating too fast to stay up on Whiskey Hill.

  • Mar 4th, 2013

Lopez Thrift Shop Grant applications start March 1

Nonprofit, 501(c) (3), organizations on Lopez Island interested in receiving a grant from Lopez Thrift Shop are invited to submit an application.

  • Feb 25th, 2013
San Juan County Arts Council logo

How can we improve our economy through arts?

San Juan County Arts Council is presenting free workshops in March to explore the impact and potential of the arts on the local economy.

  • Feb 22nd, 2013
San Juan County Arts Council logo
Hummingbird at a feeder on Orcas Island.

Plant currants to entice hummingbirds

Soon you will notice pink blossoms, filling the branches of spindly shrubs commonly called red flowering currant or Ribes sanguinium.

  • Feb 22nd, 2013
Hummingbird at a feeder on Orcas Island.
Joe Reilly

Joe Reilly and his guitar return to Lopez Island

For the seventh time in seven years, Joe Reilly will pack his guitar, leave Michigan and head for Lopez. Many islanders have been counting the days. Local musician Jaime Cordova is one.

  • Feb 22nd, 2013
Joe Reilly
The 16 community leaders

Learning, growing, leading

On Jan. 25, Leadership San Juan Islands welcomed Cohort IX to Orcas Island for a two-day retreat session. Heartwood, the Center for Inspired Living in Eastsound, hosted the Use of Self Retreat, and Smuggler’s Inn hosted the overnight guests.

  • Feb 22nd, 2013
The 16 community leaders
Stinging nettle (urtica dioica).

Stinging nettle rope class

In late August of 2012, KnowledgeShare held a class with Andre Entermann on tanning buckskin using natural materials.

  • Feb 19th, 2013
Stinging nettle (urtica dioica).
Linda Tsatsanis

Corelli and Handel’s Soprano show is canceled

On Saturday evening, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., the third annual Salish Sea Early Music Festival on Lopez Island continues at Grace Church with Corelli and Handel’s Soprano.

  • Feb 6th, 2013
Linda Tsatsanis
Phyllis Nansen

Phyllis Nansen | Senior Spotlight

The painting stops me at my first step into Phyllis Nansen’s home: vibrant swirls and bubbles of color feathering out like waterways, or satellite pictures of Earth.

  • Feb 4th, 2013
Phyllis Nansen
The painting pictured here “Fog Lifting

Steven Hill art work at regional exhibit

Lopez Island artist Steven R. Hill, was honored to have two paintings juried into a regional exhibit “Contemporary Marine Artists of the West” that opened Friday, Jan. 19, at Knowlton Gallery in Lodi, Calif.

  • Jan 18th, 2013
The painting pictured here “Fog Lifting

A Rumpus for Lopesians

A Rumpus for Lopesians is marking the Lopez Island National Day of Service, honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrating the Second Inaugural of President Barack Obama is Saturday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to noon. The day will include a clean up of Weeks Wetland Park after recent high tides.

  • Jan 18th, 2013

‘Reading the Landscape’ class

Botanist Madrona Murphy will be teaching the first KnowledgeShare class of the year on “Reading the Landscape: an introduction to plant-human interactions.”

  • Jan 16th, 2013

Lopez art at Bremerton show

Pacific Northwest artist Jonelle Johnson, Lopez Island, Wash., has been chosen for inclusion in the 2013 CVG Show in Bremerton’s Collective Vision Gallery.

  • Jan 15th, 2013
Flies outmaneuver birds

Natural History by Russel Barsh and Madrona Murphy

Few animals can fly. Even fewer can fly vertically, upside down, or sideways as easily as horizontal flight. But flies can. Flies outmaneuver birds, bats and nearly every other family of insects.

  • Jan 15th, 2013
Flies outmaneuver birds
Joanna Blendul

Little evening concerts from King Louis XIV’s court

On Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. the third annual Salish Sea Early Music Festival begins on Lopez Island at Grace Church with The Little Evening Concerts for Louis XIV, which will recreate the regular evening performances given for Louis XIV by the illustrious members of his Musique de la Chambre.

  • Jan 7th, 2013
Joanna Blendul

Documentary screening – Legendary Environmental Leader Aldo Leopold

The San Juan Preservation Trust and the Lopez Island Public Library are co-hosting the documentary film “Green Fire! Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time,” on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. The film screening will be held at the Library and is free of charge.

  • Jan 4th, 2013

New year, new opportunities at library

As the world readies for the coming days of increased light, the Lopez Island Library is making preparations for moving forward, as well.

  • Dec 26th, 2012

OPALCO to elect directors in May

The OPALCO Board of Directors has set Saturday, May 4, for its annual meeting and election of directors from District 3, Lopez, Decatur, Center and Charles Islands and District 4, Shaw, Crane, Canoe and Bell Islands.

  • Dec 18th, 2012
Kip and Stanley Greenthal

Musical celebration of the winter solstice

Long-time Lopez songwriter and instrumentalist Stanley Greenthal returns to the Lopez Center for the Community and the Arts on Friday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of songs, poetry, and music to celebrate the winter solstice.

  • Dec 18th, 2012
Kip and Stanley Greenthal
John at Hummel Lake

John Severa | Senior Spotlight

The man most Lopezians know as “Grampa” actually is one – to 21 grandkids, and 27 great-grandkids. But John Severa wears other hats: unofficial caretaker of Hummel Lake, loyal fixture at the Take It or Leave It, Halloween “treater” for kids (40 pounds of candy last year).

  • Dec 1st, 2012
John at Hummel Lake
Clockwise from top left

Last Community Performance Night of the year

The Lopez Center is hosting the last community performance night of the year this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.

  • Dec 1st, 2012
Clockwise from top left

Community Performance Night, Nov. 17

The Lopez Center for Community and the Arts is hosting the second fall community performance night this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. It will be a rocking good evening with Full on Idle and Runs Deep.

  • Nov 28th, 2012
Santa and his merry band of photographers and elves will again arrive on Lopez for two Saturdays during the holiday season

Santa is coming to town

Santa and his merry band of photographers and elves will again arrive on Lopez for two Saturdays during the holiday season, meeting the needs of parents and grandparents to avoid the expensive and time-consuming trip to the mainland to secure their annual Christmas Santa photos.

  • Nov 28th, 2012
Santa and his merry band of photographers and elves will again arrive on Lopez for two Saturdays during the holiday season
Islands A Cappella will perform on Nov. 30.

A Cappella brings ‘Tidings of Joy’

Islands A Cappella presents “Tidings of Joy: a festival of songs for the holidays” at the Rosario Resort Music Room, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m.

  • Nov 28th, 2012
Islands A Cappella will perform on Nov. 30.
Librarians Karen Rogers and Lou Pray pick their favorite fall reads

It’s time to ‘fall’ back into reading

Island summers are glorious – packed with biking, crabbing, gardening, boating and so many other fun activities that it can be hard to find time to read. Now that the barbecues and family reunions are over, we all have time to catch up on our reading. There are many new books by best-selling and popular authors arriving at the library weekly.

  • Nov 28th, 2012
Librarians Karen Rogers and Lou Pray pick their favorite fall reads
The Orcas Choral Society

Orcas Choral Society presents “Winter Song – A Celebration of the Winter Holidays”

Advent, St. Nicholas Day, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, St. Stephen’s Day, Childermass, New Year’s Day and Epiphany (Three Kings) … there are many holidays at this time of year, and all have their own musical traditions.

  • Nov 28th, 2012
The Orcas Choral Society

Hatch is the guest speaker for Garden Club

The guest speaker for the Orcas Island Garden Club meeting is Debby Hatch. The meeting is on Nov. 14, 10 a.m. in the Madrona Room of Orcas Center.

  • Nov 12th, 2012