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Hike around Cranberry Lake in Anacortes

Join the Lopez Community Trails Network, Saturday, July 21 for a three-mile hike around Cranberry Lake in the Anacortes Community Forest.

  • Jul 5th, 2012
Mary and her husband Richard at the Taj Mahal.

Spotlight on Seniors | Mary Jenison

A 45-year marriage. Two successful daughters. Eight grandchildren. Sounds like the definition of a happy extended family. But Mary Jenison isn’t done; she keeps extending, here on Lopez and on the other side of the world.

  • Jul 2nd, 2012
Mary and her husband Richard at the Taj Mahal.
Abbey Road Live!

Abbey Road Live! brings their talents to Lopez

Abbey Road Live! is coming to Lopez Center for Community and the Arts in the outdoor pavilion (unless the weather pulls us inside) on Tuesday July 3 at 7 p.m. Abbey Road Live! has come to Lopez on many occasions and always brings the house down.

  • Jun 15th, 2012
Abbey Road Live!
Jesse Jacobsen and his service dog Nina.

New service dog in town

There is a new face in town and her name is Nina and she is the newest member of the Jacobsen family.

  • Jun 8th, 2012
Jesse Jacobsen and his service dog Nina.

Use fire safely this wedding season

As wedding season on the islands approaches, fire and rescue officials ask people to celebrate safely. Putting candles in paper bags to line a walkway or setting off paper “balloons” with a candle inside is a fire hazard, according to the 2009 International Fire Code. A safe alternative is to put battery-operated lights in bags to decorate a wedding or other kind of celebration, said San Juan County Deputy Fire Marshal Paul Turner.

  • Jun 8th, 2012
Savannah Fuentes

Flamenco festival comes to the islands

On June 8, the show is coming to the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, 7:30 p.m.

  • Jun 1st, 2012
Savannah Fuentes
“I have been a horse woman all my life

Equine therapy teaches trust

Kristin Fernald, who graduated with her masters in psychology from Antioch University in 1990, received her certification for Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy last fall. Now, Fernald has finally found a way to incorporate both her passions into one.

  • Jun 1st, 2012
“I have been a horse woman all my life

Youth spoke out at Town Hall Meeting

Students stood onstage in the dark, flashlights illuminating their faces as they spoke. Some statements were encouraging: “Approximately 70 percent of tenth graders don’t drink.” Many were not: “It’s easy for us to have an older person buy us alcohol on short notice.” “Using prescription drugs to deal with stress is common.” “Since no one listens to me, I do bad things to be noticed.”

  • May 29th, 2012

Lopez Kids’ Carnival

It’s time for the Lopez Cooperative Preschool Kids’ Carnival. Bring your kids, the grandkids or the neighbor kids to the Lopez Children’s Center on Saturday, June 2 from 11 to 2 p.m. for some old fashioned fun.

  • May 29th, 2012

Fifth and final contra dance of the winter series

The fifth and final contra dance of the winter series is Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m. at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. Zollo (Cathie Whitesides, Anita Anderson and Nova Devonie) will be playing great tunes and Sherry Nevins will be calling amazing dances.

  • May 25th, 2012
Canadian and U.S. oil pipelines: existing and proposed. The planned expansion from Edmonton to Vancouver (lower dotted  line) is primarily to export crude oil from tar sands to Asia via Salish Sea.

Where tar sands meet the Salish Sea | Energy Matters column

A sticky tar-like form of crude oil mixed with sand and clay, tar sands of Alberta, Canada – also called oil sands – are one of the largest remaining deposits of oil in the world. The combined carbon in tar sands is more than all the carbon emitted from oil use in the world history thus far.

  • May 21st, 2012
Canadian and U.S. oil pipelines: existing and proposed. The planned expansion from Edmonton to Vancouver (lower dotted  line) is primarily to export crude oil from tar sands to Asia via Salish Sea.

‘Good Stewards’ receive recognition for island stewardship

Six islanders and one local group have received awards for their environmental leadership from the Stewardship Network of the San Juans this past week.

  • May 17th, 2012
John Lutterman

‘An Evening with Wilhelmine’ concert

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents “An Evening with Wilhelmine,” with John Schneiderman of Los Angeles, Calif., on baroque lute, cellist John Lutterman and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan on Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at Grace Church at 70 Sunset Lane in Lopez Village.

  • May 8th, 2012
John Lutterman
Kristin Twigg was awarded $400 for designing the official 2012 Lopez Island Farmers’ Market poster.

Twigg named designer of the 2012 Lopez Island Farmers’ Market poster

Kristin Twigg was awarded $400 for designing the official 2012 Lopez Island Farmers’ Market poster. Her poster was chosen from a competitive field of 10 adult and nine youth artists.

  • May 7th, 2012
Kristin Twigg was awarded $400 for designing the official 2012 Lopez Island Farmers’ Market poster.

Lopez Community Trails Network’s survey and future events

The Lopez Community Trails Network is conducting a survey of Lopez Island residents and property owners of all ages to determine where and how to build trails for walking, biking and riding. The survey is available at LopezTrails.org and on paper at the library or by calling 468-2474.

  • May 6th, 2012

Great Pairings back by popular demand

Great Pairings is back by popular demand Friday, May 18, 6 p.m. at Woodmen Hall.

  • Apr 27th, 2012
Artwork by Mali Fischer-Levine.

Art in view: Mali Fischer-Levine

Mali Fischer-Levine, affectionately known as “Moleskin” by her friends, is an illustrator whose work is whimsical and nostalgic. Fischer-Levine grew up on Lopez Island, and has returned after three years of study at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • Apr 27th, 2012
Artwork by Mali Fischer-Levine.
Dana Lyons

Lyons sings for Fisherman Bay

A benefit concert by environmental singer-songwriter Dana Lyons, known for his song “Cows with Guns” tops off the third annual Day for the Bay celebration at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, May 5.

  • Apr 27th, 2012
Dana Lyons
Angel Micheals

Islands’ A Cappella to perform on Lopez Island

Angel Michaels is delighted to invite you to Islands’ A Cappella Spring Concert - “Songbirds in Season: Larks, Laughter and Nightingales.”

  • Apr 27th, 2012
Angel Micheals
Rat City Brass

2012 Rat City Brass at Lopez Center

Can you think of a better way to kick off Tour de Lopez weekend than to warm up your spirit – and your bicycling muscles – with the sunshiny sound of some south-of-the-border tunes? If you can’t, then you’re in luck because Seattle’s Rat City Brass will be playing on Lopez on the tour’s eve, Friday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. And as some may know, the band is very fond of playing just such Latin-tinged music.

  • Apr 26th, 2012
Rat City Brass

Farmers Market is coming up – $50 for membership , $50 for booth space

Farmers Market is coming up - $50 for membership , $50 for booth space

  • Apr 19th, 2012

OPALCO celebrates 75 years, May 5

On Saturday, May 5, Orcas Power and Light Cooperative’s member-owners will exercise their right to elect their board of directors. OPALCO is a local electric cooperative that is owned and operated by its members.

  • Apr 16th, 2012

‘Go take a hike’ event, April 21

Join Tim Clark as he leads the San Juan Island Trails Committee for a review of hiking opportunities on South Lopez Island, Saturday, April 21.

  • Apr 16th, 2012
The scientists of Kwiáht need your help to locate herring spawning this spring.

Watch for herring

What’s that milky stuff in the water? Hundreds of herring spawning in a shallow bay can turn seawater white to pale turquoise in color, creating a distinctive patch that can even be seen from the air. The scientists of Kwiáht need your help to locate herring spawning this spring.

  • Apr 12th, 2012
The scientists of Kwiáht need your help to locate herring spawning this spring.
The three members of the traditional Quebec music group will perform at the Lopez’s Woodman Hall

The sounds of ‘joie de vivre’ come to Lopez’s Woodmen Hall

The three members of the traditional Quebec music group will bring their sounds to Woodman Hall, April 19, 7:30 p.m.

The three members of the traditional Quebec music group will perform at the Lopez’s Woodman Hall
Wildflowers at Cady Mountain

Wildflowers, Garry oaks and more at the guided walk on Cady Mountain

The Land Bank is leading a guided walk on the Cady Mountain Preserve on San Juan Island, Saturday, May 5 to provide islanders with the opportunity to see spring wildflowers and the ongoing Garry oak habitat restoration work.

  • Apr 9th, 2012
Wildflowers at Cady Mountain

Upgrade your mooring bouys to protect eelgrass

Approximately one-third of all the mooring buoys in the inland waters of Washington State are located in San Juan County and most are concentrated in bays that also support sensitive marine habitats such as eelgrass.

  • Apr 6th, 2012
Paul Zohav

‘Living Legacy LifeBook’ author to appear at Lopez Bookshop

Paul Zohav, friend and guest of Kay and George Keeler of Eagle Roost Lane has just published his “Living Legacy LifeBook” and will be available for discussion, book signing and sales at the Lopez Bookstore on Saturday, April 14, 5 p.m.

  • Apr 5th, 2012
Paul Zohav

Protect yourself and your pets from rabies

Starting this year, all dogs, cats and ferrets in Washington must have up-to-date rabies vaccines. While it is very rare for a person to get rabies in this state, the disease is deadly to people. In 2011, 251 people had to receive the series of shots (known as post-exposure prophylaxis or PEP) following their exposure to potentially rabid animals. The cost of a full series of PEP can be as much as $8,000, partly because it is expensive to manufacture and has a short shelf life. This cost is often not covered in full by health insurance.

  • Apr 2nd, 2012
Jamie Stephens

Islanders make Washington D.C. trip seeking public lands protection | Guest column

San Juan Country citizens Asha Lela, Tom Reeve and Jamie Stephens visited with Washington Congressional delegation offices and Bureau of Land Management officials in Washington D.C. earlier this month to discuss local efforts to permanently protect BLM lands in the islands.

  • Mar 27th, 2012
Jamie Stephens
Jeanette Acosta will focus her talk at this year's annual meeting for the Lopez Community Land Trust on sustainability and indigenous cultures.

Annual Lopez Community Land Trust meeting features talk on sustainabilty and indigenous cultures

This year's annual meeting for the Lopez Community Land Trust will feature keynote speaker Enek Hi Šak, a Chumash name meaning woman who is like the turtle, March 26, 7 p.m., at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, and all are welcome. The speaker, also known as Jeanette Acosta, will focus her talk on sustainability and indigenous cultures.

  • Mar 16th, 2012
Jeanette Acosta will focus her talk at this year's annual meeting for the Lopez Community Land Trust on sustainability and indigenous cultures.
Ginni Keith

Music, like prayer, takes musician to another realm

Ginni Keith always loved music, she even majored in the oboe in college, but for 25 years music just evaporated from her life - she even sold all her instruments. But when she moved to Lopez everything changed. She joined the choir - and for the last 12 years she has immersed herself in sound, even adding a few instruments to her repertoire.

  • Mar 15th, 2012
Ginni Keith
The students will be on Lopez from 17 to 22 March gathering data

Graduates seek to find out how Lopez can be more sustainable

What resources are required to sustain the economy and residents of Lopez Island and what would the future of Lopez look like if we were to continue “the business as usual” versus to become more sustainable? These are the questions that a group of eleven graduate students from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California is seeking to help our community find answers to.

  • Mar 12th, 2012
The students will be on Lopez from 17 to 22 March gathering data

Last Lopez Center Performance Night of the season

The last Lopez Center Performance Night of the season will be Friday, March 16, 7 p.m. at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. The evening will begin with Lia Pryce on piano with Vilina Sanburn-Bill on vocals. The musicians will be followed by a series of dance pieces featuring students from the Downstairs Dance Studio directed by Thea Huijgens, and several tap and hip-hop pieces directed by Andrea and Jan O'Bryant. There will be cafe style seating and admission is by donation.

  • Mar 10th, 2012
Michael Reeves is shocked to find that his date

Festival of One Act Plays radiated with talent | Review

On Wednesday, March 7, students from Lopez Island School District participated in the opening performance of the annual Festival of One Act Plays at the Galley Restaurant and Lounge. Audience members enjoyed a meal while young actors and actresses put on performances worth seeing.

  • Mar 9th, 2012
Michael Reeves is shocked to find that his date

Lopez Artist Guild Members Art Show features Christa Malay and Sara Waugh

The Lopez Artist Guild Members Art Show, opens Friday, March 9, 5-7 p.m. at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. The show features artwork by two talented Lopez Island artists, Christa Malay and Sara Waugh. The show will run through April 10. Artists will be present at the reception and refreshments will be served.

  • Mar 7th, 2012
DNR's Peter Goldmark

DNR’s Goldmark: ‘rigorous’ review awaits coal export plan

The cage of at least one state agency is rattling over a proposal that could lead to as much as 54 million tons of cargo, coal included, being shipped through the San Juan Islands each year.

  • Mar 6th, 2012
DNR's Peter Goldmark

2012 Annual Meeting of the San Juan Islands Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Societ

The 2012 Annual Meeting of the San Juan Islands Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society is Saturday, March 10 at The Gathering Place at LoHo in Lopez Village beginning at 1:30 p.m.

  • Mar 3rd, 2012
San Juan County Land Bank's Fisherman Bay Preserve map

San Juan County Land Bank’s maps feature 19 island preserves

The San Juan County Land Bank has completed their trail maps, which include driving directions and other information for 19 preserves located on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands.

  • Mar 2nd, 2012
San Juan County Land Bank's Fisherman Bay Preserve map
The delicate gray smooth-skinned octopus

First annual Tides of March celebration

Questions about the secret lives of marine invertebrates around Indian Island will be answered by local volunteers, Orcas High School students, and Kwiáht Ecologist Russel Barsh at the first annual Tides of March celebration at the Eastsound fire station, March 15, 4:30 to 6 p.m., preceding the last SeaDoc Society marine lecture of the season.

  • Mar 1st, 2012
The delicate gray smooth-skinned octopus