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Wooden Boats — Spirits on the Water by Peter Fromm

Sailor, photographer and storyteller Peter Fromm will tell stories and show slides of wooden boats and the people who love them, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m. at the Orcas Senior Center Peter.

  • Feb 29th, 2012
Sailor
Hikers on a 2010 'Go Take a Hike' walk on Chadwick Hill.

San Juan Channel beach walk kicks off this year’s ‘Go Take a Hike’ series

The “Go Take a Hike” beach walk, March 10, 10:30 a.m. at Fisherman Bay Spit Preserve kicks off the Lopez Community Trails Network’s new series of guided hikes. From March through September walks explore seven locations including the San Juan Islands and two off-island locations.

  • Feb 28th, 2012
Hikers on a 2010 'Go Take a Hike' walk on Chadwick Hill.

State needs volunteers to score recreation, conservation grant applications

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is looking for roughly 70 volunteers to help determine how millions of dollars in state grants should be spent in the outdoors.

  • Feb 28th, 2012
This year Mercure Galant is combining the talents of Olga and Fred Hauptman with Marka Young

Early Italian trio sonatas performed at Grace Church

Mercure Galant, an early music ensemble, will perform Leclair, Locatelli, Boccherini and a selection of early Italian trio sonatas at Grace Episcopal Church, Friday, March 2, 7 p.m.

  • Feb 27th, 2012
This year Mercure Galant is combining the talents of Olga and Fred Hauptman with Marka Young
Art from “SHARK REEF Literary Magazine’s Winter 2012 Edition

‘SHARK REEF Literary Magazine’s Winter 2012 Edition,’ online now

Local writers Gretchen Wing of Lopez Island and Jill McCabe Johnson of Orcas Island are among the writers and artists featured in “SHARK REEF Literary Magazine’s Winter 2012 Edition,” online now at sharkreef.org. Submissions to the issue came from the U.S., Europe and Asia.

  • Feb 26th, 2012
Art from “SHARK REEF Literary Magazine’s Winter 2012 Edition
Harpsichordist Jan Weinhold of Lübeck

‘The Bach Family’ music from the baroque master and his sons

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents “The Bach Family” with Harpsichordist Jan Weinhold of Lübeck, Germany and Baroque Flutist Jeffrey Cohan, Sunday, March 4, 7 p.m. at Grace Church on Lopez, Monday, March 5, 7 p.m. at the Madrona Room in Eastsound, Orcas Island and Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m. at St. David's Church on San Juan Island.

  • Feb 22nd, 2012
Harpsichordist Jan Weinhold of Lübeck
Abronia

Love in the dunes | Natural History with Russel Barsh and Madrona Murphy

Coastal sand dunes stabilized by silver bur sedge form one of the most rare and fragile habitats in the islands — indeed, in all of western Washington- — and one of the most scenic, with large balls of yellow sand verbena flowers that attract a variety of pollinators (and nectar eating but non-pollinating “cheaters”) that range from tiny beetles and ants to wasps and moths.

  • Feb 21st, 2012
Abronia
Mireille Paulson

Mireille Paulson Spotlight on Seniors

Like many Lopezians, Mireille Paulson gardens avidly, but the concept of roots stuck in earth means more to her than to most. After a childhood of accidental exile from her family, and a working life of astounding travel mileage, Mireille has made Lopez a place to sink her own roots and grow.

  • Feb 21st, 2012
Mireille Paulson
Lopez was experiencing another uncommon visitation

Elephant seals moving to Lopez Island, again?

Elephant seals almost completely change their hair coat and the outer layers of skin once a year, usually in the spring or summer. Lopez Elephant Seal Again or LESA was way out of season, she looked disgusting and she smelled about the way she looked. Elephant seals occasionally use San Juan County beaches during molt, but most prefer the warmer climates of Mexico or California. Lolling around in the snow, I suspect she regretted her choice; those southern beaches are much more appealing.

  • Feb 16th, 2012
Lopez was experiencing another uncommon visitation

Time exchange initiative ready for name and motto

The time exchange initiative is now ready to adopt a name and motto; this will be accomplished through an informal county-wide ballot. A temporary webpage has been set up with the ballot link at: www.VisionOnOrcas.com.

  • Feb 7th, 2012
Show love for through kindness

Love through acts of kindness

We all remember Valentine’s Day. We eat chocolates and heart-shaped candies, we watch sappy movies, we spend time with our loved ones; some of us eschew those traditions and instead celebrate Singles Awareness Day, eating chocolates and heart-shaped candies, watching sappy movies, and cynically declaring disdain for the commercial exploitation of this holiday.

  • Feb 7th, 2012
Show love for through kindness
Lane Langford

Giving the gift of song — one musician’s love of song and the community

Lane Langford knew he wanted to play guitar after listening to the Everly Brothers play “By Bye Love” when he was a boy. When his father bought him a guitar he would play at a nearby house that was under construction. At night when the workers left, he crept up the stairway to strum chords and listen to the sounds reverberate throughout the half-built rooms.

  • Feb 7th, 2012
Lane Langford
Fay W. McBrayer

Obituary: Fay W. McBrayer

Fay W. McBrayer, 80, passed away, Jan. 2, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash. She was born June 6, 1931, in Birmingham, Alabama. She had been a resident of both Mercer Island and Lopez Island, WA, for the past 20 years.

  • Feb 2nd, 2012
Fay W. McBrayer
Shula Kleinerman

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents ‘A Broken Consort’

“A Broken Consort” can be heard 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11 on Lopez at Grace Church.

  • Feb 1st, 2012
Shula Kleinerman

Be a sponsor and help bring Miró Quartet to Lopez

Music supporters are gathering sponsors, donors and volunteers for the famed Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival opening this August on Lopez in celebration of their Crystal Anniversary.

  • Jan 31st, 2012
Lopez high school student

Thinking outside the lunch box | Locavores column

Join the Locavores for our winter Evening Meals at School on Thursday, January 26th, 5:30-7 p.m. for a menu featuring squash, lentil and kale soup, potato cakes with leeks, winter slaw with mustard vinaigrette, and spiced apple cranberry bars. And our next film “Cafeteria Man” about chef, Tony Geraci and the greening of the Baltimore City schools lunch program will screen on Sunday, Jan. 29, 4:30 p.m., at Port Stanley School.

  • Jan 21st, 2012
Lopez high school student
Sarah Stanley

Students reach out to Darfur

When Sarah Stanley, a senior at Lopez High School, took a class called Current World Problems and Solutions, she had to choose a topic and make a presentation to her peers. She chose to research the crisis in Darfur, located in the western region of Sudan. In her own words, Stanley describes how this class made an impact on her and eventually led to a benefit concert.

  • Jan 21st, 2012
Sarah Stanley

ISLAND Q&A | Kurt Dengler

You can hear Kurtis Dengler perform blues, 1960’s rock and original work 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28 at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.

  • Jan 21st, 2012
Lane Langford will give a benefit concert on Feb. 11 at the Lopez Center.

LIFRC Benefit concert

On Saturday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., Lane Langford will give a benefit concert at the Lopez Center, called “Warmth In The Depth Of Winter.” All net proceeds will benefit The Lopez Island Family Resource Center. He is planning to sing mostly his own songs on guitar, with a few choice favorites of his by others.

  • Jan 21st, 2012
Lane Langford will give a benefit concert on Feb. 11 at the Lopez Center.
Dean and Carolyn Jacobsen

Dean Jacobsen | Spotlight on Seniors

A typhoon in Tonga pushed Dean and Carolyn Jacobsen to move full-time to Lopez in 1982. When a loose 42-footer smashed into their smaller sailboat, Carolyn broke 15 bones and nearly died, so the recovery period gave them plenty of time to think.

  • Jan 21st, 2012
Dean and Carolyn Jacobsen

Obituary: Frances May (Wood) Currier

Frances May (Wood) Currier born in Deer Park, Wash., Dec. 9, 1920 passed away in Stanwood, Wash. Jan. 5, 2012 at the age of 91.

  • Jan 19th, 2012
Runs Deep

Rock, blues and more

Some say the best things in life are free, but others contend nothing in life is free. But the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts is presenting another Community Performance Night at the center, Friday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m. — and it is indeed free.

  • Jan 19th, 2012
Runs Deep
Crunchy  herring eggs

Silvery gold: our lost herring | Natural History by Russel Barsh and Madrona Murphy

Once upon a time, the islands’ shallow bays teemed with spawning herring in late winter and spring. Herring were abundant enough to be “raked” out of the water. Their crunchy eggs, covering seaweeds and eel grass, were even more prized than their freshly grilled, salted or pickled oily flesh.

  • Jan 19th, 2012
Crunchy  herring eggs
A pie chart from Energy Star showing typical household energy us

Happy home heating: Some eco-friendly steps to keep warm in these colder months

The steps to saving energy are often small and incremental, so let’s look at how we can ratchet down heating energy one click at a time. Reducing your home’s energy use for heating can save you money, improve health, and even increase your home’s comfort.

  • Jan 11th, 2012
A pie chart from Energy Star showing typical household energy us
Tiempo de Lopez performing for an enthusiastic crowd on New Year's Eve at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.

Ringing in the New Year at the Lopez Center | slide show

As the band set up their instruments on stage, photographers set up their work in the lobby of the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. The photography show “The World Through My Eyes” from 6 - 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Tiempo de Lopez performed to an enthusiastic crowd at 8:30 p.m.

  • Jan 11th, 2012
Tiempo de Lopez performing for an enthusiastic crowd on New Year's Eve at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.

Jazz tonight at the Community Center

JEM Jazz Trio plays tonight Jan.7, 7 p.m. at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.

  • Jan 6th, 2012
The JEM Trio

A practical composer on Lopez

Matt Bachmann is a practical composer — writing songs with the intent that they will be heard by an audience. That’s why over the last year he has been creating music for his own group — the JEM Jazz Trio.

  • Dec 30th, 2011
The JEM Trio
Pilgrim placing a stone at the Cruz de Ferro at sunrise. Pilgrims traditionally bring a stone or item from their home to place at this cross

‘The world through my eyes’ at Lopez Center

Lopez Center for Community and the Arts will host a photography show “The world through my eyes” on New Year’s Eve, from 6-8 p.m., which will be followed by a concert by Tiempo de Lopez.

  • Dec 29th, 2011
Pilgrim placing a stone at the Cruz de Ferro at sunrise. Pilgrims traditionally bring a stone or item from their home to place at this cross
Members of the band Tiempo de Lopez

Tiempo de Lopez rings in the new year

The local band Tiempo de Lopez, who plays “Hot Caribbean” dance music, will be performing Saturday, Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m. a the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.

  • Dec 27th, 2011
Members of the band Tiempo de Lopez
This week’s Spotlight on Seniors features Gerhard Hoffman shown then and now.

Gerhard Hoffman | Spotlight on Seniors

Hoffman was born in 1930, in Sheboygan, Wis. His father had been sponsored to come to America by a family relative and was employed by the Kohler Company.

  • Dec 27th, 2011
This week’s Spotlight on Seniors features Gerhard Hoffman shown then and now.
Cyrus Froning

‘Samy the Squid’ by Cyrus Froning

Samy the Squid was an ideal first character because “it’s the easiest to draw,” he said.

  • Dec 25th, 2011
Cyrus Froning

Eth-Noh-Tec: Kinetic Story Theatre

"A River of Migration" by multi-media and multi-cultural artist Gu Xiong will be presented on Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the San Juan Community Theatre.

  • Dec 21st, 2011
Ana Malinoff at her 'Seed Saving' workshop

Save our seeds | Locavores Column

Welcome to this new Locavores forum for issues on food sustainability as seen within the wider context of our community’s transition to energy and economic independence. As space permits, we’ll also include what’s fresh at local farmstands, post seasonal recipes, and talk about upcoming events.

  • Dec 16th, 2011
Ana Malinoff at her 'Seed Saving' workshop
Stanley Greenthal

Songs of tragedy, friendship and world cultures

Shocked by the sudden passing of two members in his small island community, Stanley Greenthal started writing down wishes he imagined one might experience before dying — and words just started to tumble from his pen. It was like trying to catch someone else’s words running around in his head.

  • Dec 13th, 2011
Stanley Greenthal
Susan Osborn performing at a concert in Japan

Building a bridge between two worlds with music

Singer dedicates original works to tsunami victims in Japan

  • Dec 9th, 2011
Susan Osborn performing at a concert in Japan

14th Annual Lopez Community Lessons and Carols Service

The 14th Annual Lopez Community Lessons and Carols Service is Sunday, Dec 18, 4 p.m., at Grace Episcopal Church.

  • Dec 9th, 2011

Iris Graville: bloggerbyconvincement

Due to a school meeting on the 12th - the Lopez Prevention Coalition has moved the community efforts meeting to address meth

  • Dec 8th, 2011

Enchanted Quilters of Lopez Island

Due to a school meeting on the 12th - the Lopez Prevention Coalition has moved the community efforts meeting to address meth

  • Dec 8th, 2011
A Washington State Ferry leaving the Lopez Island terminal

Green dreams of biofueled ferries | Energy Matters

On the islands, we rely on ferries for everything from food and fuel to bicycle tourism and entertainment. The ferries, in turn, rely on cheap oil. Washington State Ferries are the single largest consumers of diesel in the state. The San Juans make up 40 percent of that consumption. When we talk about building our local, sustainable energy future, the ferries are an essential component.

  • Dec 8th, 2011
A Washington State Ferry leaving the Lopez Island terminal
Harbor porpoise cruising in search of a fishy lunch.

Neglected sea sirens | Natural History

Thousands of tourists visit the islands every summer hoping to catch a glimpse of a killer whale. Hundreds of local fishermen grumble about competing with harbor seals for salmon. Love them or hate them, marine mammals are a big part of island life. But little attention is paid to one of our most intelligent and successful marine mammals: the harbor porpoise.

  • Dec 7th, 2011
Harbor porpoise cruising in search of a fishy lunch.