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Carter Family Marionettes with special guests Ocheami Drum and Dance present “Sigi the Antelope - West African Village Harvest Celebration

Carter Family presents ‘Sigi the Antelope’

Carter Family Marionettes with special guests Ocheami Drum and Dance present “Sigi the Antelope - West African Village Harvest Celebration,” Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.

  • Nov 8th, 2012
Carter Family Marionettes with special guests Ocheami Drum and Dance present “Sigi the Antelope - West African Village Harvest Celebration
A scene from the Community Shakespeare Company’s “As You Like It.”

Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” starts this week

Community Shakespeare Company will present its 11th annual Fall Festival at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 7 with two “pay what you can” performances: one at noon, the other at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation

  • Nov 8th, 2012
A scene from the Community Shakespeare Company’s “As You Like It.”

Lopez Artist Guild features Daphne Morris

Lopez Artist Guild is featuring the art work of Daphne Morris, "Drawings on Nature - Journals, Paintings and More." The Opening Reception will be Friday, Nov. 2 from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

  • Oct 29th, 2012
Tiempo De Lopez to play at 'Day of the Dead'concert.

Honoring the spirit of our loved ones

Day of the Dead or “El Día de los Muertos” is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of deceased relatives and loved ones.

Tiempo De Lopez to play at 'Day of the Dead'concert.
Julie sailing the channel between St. Lucia and St. Vincent in the Caribbean.

Julie Van Camp | Spotlight on Seniors

Spotlighting Julie Van Camp in 800 words is like trying to explore the Grand Canyon in an hour. Her passion for education runs deep, but intriguing side trails beckon: sailing, family history, mountain climbing, writing, travel and community building. Luckily, all Julie’s trails lead in the same direction: empowering the next generation.

  • Oct 23rd, 2012
Julie sailing the channel between St. Lucia and St. Vincent in the Caribbean.

Workshop: writing effective coal terminal scoping letters

The Scoping Process for Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point is now in full swing.

  • Oct 11th, 2012
Gayle Skidmore

Skidmore to play at the Galley

Gayle Skidmore started playing the piano at age four. She now sings and plays more than 20 instruments, including the mountain dulcimer, banjo and the balalaika. She tried her hand at songwriting at age eight and never stopped. She has more than 1,700 songs under her belt.

  • Oct 11th, 2012
Gayle Skidmore
Doug Cram

Community Performance Night starts fall series

The Lopez Center for Community and the Arts is kicking of its fall Community Performance Night series this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and will feature Super Wide Groove and the Magmatics. These nights were started last year as a way to showcase local talent on Lopez and are by donation.

  • Oct 11th, 2012
Doug Cram
Harrison has an opening reception for his photography show this Friday from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Hamlet on Lopez.

Harrison art show at the Hamlet

Robert S. Harrison is holding an opening reception of his photography show this Friday from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Hamlet on Lopez.

  • Oct 10th, 2012
Harrison has an opening reception for his photography show this Friday from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Hamlet on Lopez.

Eye-opening facts about coal shipping | Energy Matters

San Olson, a former Naval Officer serving on a 455-foot-long Amphibious Assault ship, recently shared his expertise and perspectives on coal shipping risks with an audience on Lopez. He serves on the Steering Committee of SSASS, a trans-border coalition for the purpose of protecting the Salish Sea from adverse maritime impacts.

  • Oct 10th, 2012
Kurtis Dengler

Island Q&A | Kurtis Dengler

You can hear Kurtis Dengler perform Saturday, Oct. 6, 7:30 pm Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.

  • Oct 4th, 2012
Kurtis Dengler
LICC on the move at Iceberg Point.

Summer youth success with Lopez Island Conservation Corps

Lopez Island Conservation Corps Program Leaders Amanda Wedow and Charlie Behnke are proud to announce that “LICC has just completed their most successful and productive summer youth season on record, with 13 youth participants working an estimated six miles of trail and logging more than 700 youth service hours!”

  • Sep 17th, 2012
LICC on the move at Iceberg Point.
Jeffrey Young

Presentations on the risks of GMO

Jeffrey Smith, the consumer advocate on the health risks of genetically modified organisms, will be in the San Juan Islands Sept. 17 to 19.

  • Sep 17th, 2012
Jeffrey Young
Jovino Santos-Neto

Popular jazz performers return to Lopez Center

Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos-Neto, one of the top Brazilian musicians on stage today, returns to Lopez Center on Saturday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. in the third concert of the Steinway Piano Series. Titled “Piano Mania,” this event also features popular jazz bassist, Chuck Deardorf. Both men have also been on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts for years.

  • Sep 12th, 2012
Jovino Santos-Neto
Hailey Riddell

Lopez girl chosen for One in a Million

Hailey Riddell was chosen to participate in a program called One in a Million, which highlights children around the world. Riddell was chosen to be the Washington State Representive as a member of the primary program for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints.

  • Sep 4th, 2012
Hailey Riddell

Tintinnids – beautiful and strange life forms | Natural History

Smaller than a flea’s egg, this little creature looks like a hairy amoeba in a wine glass, busily darting to and fro, or thoughtfully twirling its crown of tiny hair-like cilia before making its next move. Strange as they look to us, tintinnids play an essential role in all freshwater and marine ecosystems.

  • Aug 29th, 2012
Studio Tour is Sept. 1 - 2

16th Annual Lopez Studio Tour

In 1996, Lopez artists Christa Malay and Corwin Martin started the Lopez Island Studio Tour with a few artists who all agreed to open their studios to display and sell their work, while showing the public where they worked.

  • Aug 28th, 2012
Studio Tour is Sept. 1 - 2

Learn more about coal and tar sands at upcoming meetings

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, 5 - 7 p.m., at the library community room there will be a showing of the documentary “A Dirty Business,” revealing the social and environmental costs of coal, o

  • Aug 27th, 2012
Lorraine McConaghy’s book cover.

An illustrated travelogue of Washington territory and state history

Well-known Pacific Northwest historian Lorraine McConaghy will present a program based on her new book, “New Land, North of the Columbia.”

  • Aug 27th, 2012
Lorraine McConaghy’s book cover.
Scenes from the Lopez Trashion Fashion Show.

Lopez ‘style’ benefits new Solid Waste District

Scores of islanders and visitors alike delighted at the Trashion-Fashion Show at Lopez Center, Aug. 12. Ensembles were created from materials as varied as cat food bags and building plans, burlap, garbage bags, disposable plastic tablecloths and bird netting.

  • Aug 27th, 2012
Scenes from the Lopez Trashion Fashion Show.
From left to right

Lopez Street Dance

The traditional Lopez Island end-of-summer celebration and street dance will be on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, in the parking lot of the former Lopez Village Market from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

  • Aug 16th, 2012
From left to right
Mamatamba will sing with Zimbabwean mbira master Musekiwa Chingodza

The high energy of Mamatamba’s music and dance

The very first time I heard Zimbabwean music being played on marimbas was at an early 1980’s Northwest Folklife Festival. I remember watching Lora Chiora, a Shona woman of short stature, playing the big bass instrument with mallets like small sledge hammers. She played with such passion, and the dance music was so compelling, I declared right on the spot that someday I would play this music.

  • Aug 15th, 2012
Mamatamba will sing with Zimbabwean mbira master Musekiwa Chingodza
The prince and Pulcinella search for the girl who fits the glass slipper.

The Italian Cinderella comes to Lopez

Northwest Puppet Center’s Lopez Puppet Season continues with Cinderella by Carter Family Marionettes on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.

  • Aug 14th, 2012
The prince and Pulcinella search for the girl who fits the glass slipper.

SJC Arts Council needs board members

The San Juan County Arts Council is seeking four to five new members for the board of directors to be elected at the annual membership meeting in November. There are openings for board members from Orcas and Lopez and possibly San Juan as the board attempts to fill upcoming vacancies and balance membership among the islands.

  • Aug 14th, 2012
Bill Kintzley

Bill Kintzley | Spotlight

“I hate to sound cliched,” says Bill Kintzley¸ “but the more you give, the more you get.” He is talking about his involvement in Lopez’s Hospice and Home Support program, but he might as well be describing his life.

  • Aug 14th, 2012
Bill Kintzley

Fire season heating up, be on the outlook for hotter and dryer weather

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources said this weekend is going to be very hot and dry.

  • Aug 10th, 2012
Classical and jazz pianist and composer Michael Golden.

The story behind the music

When classical and jazz pianist and composer Michael Golden, shown right, starts tickling the ivories on the Steinway piano at Lopez Center on Saturday, Aug. 11, it will be because of the efforts of numerous people working behind the scenes for months.

  • Aug 7th, 2012
Classical and jazz pianist and composer Michael Golden.
Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival brings ageless music to Lopez

Elephant Revival comes to Woodmen Hall, August 15, 7:30 p.m. for their sixth performance on the island.

  • Aug 7th, 2012
Elephant Revival
“Last Thursday

Rainbow after the storm

“Last Thursday, after rain on and off, we got a sun break just before sundown ...” said Gene Helfman about his rainbow photograph.

  • Jul 30th, 2012
“Last Thursday
Lopez fashionista Gretchen Scherzinger modeling her fabulous Trashion dress sewn from plastic grocery bags.

Lopez Trashion-Fashion show, Aug. 12

Ever wanted to be a fashion designer? How about creating a garment from plastic bags, bubble wrap, or objects found at the Take It Or Leave It?

  • Jul 17th, 2012
Lopez fashionista Gretchen Scherzinger modeling her fabulous Trashion dress sewn from plastic grocery bags.
The Blackberry Bushes are fronted by sister sirens Jes Raymond and Kendl Winter and supported by virtuosic fiddler Jakob Breitback and mandolin player Jack Dwyer.

The Blackberry Bushes Stringband

On Friday July 27, 7:30 p.m., the Blackberry Bushes will perform their first show in the islands at Woodmen Hall as part of the Home on the Grange series.

  • Jul 17th, 2012
The Blackberry Bushes are fronted by sister sirens Jes Raymond and Kendl Winter and supported by virtuosic fiddler Jakob Breitback and mandolin player Jack Dwyer.
The Miro Quartet: Daniel Ching

Miro Quartet comes to Lopez, Aug. 10

Lopez music lovers will hear the internationally acclaimed Miro Quartet at Grace Church, Aug. 10, 5 p.m.

  • Jul 17th, 2012
The Miro Quartet: Daniel Ching
The size

Natural History | The strange world of the spiny clan

The size, symmetry, and bright colors of starfish attract attention, and of all the strange animals in the inter-tidal zone, starfish are among the strangest. When we meet children on the beach, starfish always lead to the most questions.

  • Jul 17th, 2012
The size
A look at a previous tractor tour on Lopez

Green and yellow will flood streets at 5th Tractor Tour

Green and yellow antique two-cylinder tractors will arrive on Lopez, 10:15 a.m. via ferry on Saturday, July 21.

  • Jul 10th, 2012
A look at a previous tractor tour on Lopez
Roy Rogers

Slide guitar King comes to Lopez Island

Not long after Roy Rogers picked up a guitar at age 12, he was playing with the high schoolers. A few years later, when his older brother brought home Robert Johnson’s “King of the Delta Blues Singers” album, his whole life changed.

  • Jul 10th, 2012
Roy Rogers
An image in the upcoming Slideluck Potshow

Slideluck Potshow comes to Lopez

Eleven years ago, Casey Kelbaugh decided to combine of two of his interests, food and art. His first experiment of what is now known as a “Slideluck Potshow,” a play off the words slide show and potluck, was held in his tiny Seattle backyard with about 50 friends.

  • Jul 10th, 2012
An image in the upcoming Slideluck Potshow

The Escape

A poem written by a youth and inspired by Lopez's beauty

  • Jul 10th, 2012

Local earns WWU award

Western Washington University student Roben Lauren Herrick received a $1,000 WWU Associated Students Childcare Voucher Award for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • Jul 10th, 2012
Top reads for summer.

Top five reads for the summer

Check out these summer reading selections from the Islands’ Weekly editor

  • Jul 10th, 2012
Top reads for summer.
Members of New Forge

New Forge at The Galley, July 14

New Forge will make a debut visit to Lopez Island for a performance at the Galley on Saturday, July 14 at 9 p.m. New Forge is an innovative acoustic/electric group, melding forms of new and roots music with mandolin, guitar, bass and drums to create infectious dance sets comprised of barreling bluegrass improvisations, funk and rock grooves and modern acoustic compositions. Founded in the farms and clubs of the Olympic Peninsula, New Forge honed its sound in Seattle and surrounding areas.

  • Jul 6th, 2012
Members of New Forge