Life

Hawkeye Herman at the library

On Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. Lopez Library will host Michael Hawkeye Herman, renowned blues teacher and performer. The event will be held by the fire place.

  • Oct 9th, 2010

Facts about aneurysms

An aneurysm forms when the wall of an artery becomes weak and stretches from the pressure of the blood flowing through it.

  • Oct 9th, 2010
Diane’s display garden at Heritage Farm with Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glories covering the barn.

A field trip: Seed Savers Exchange

For me and for many of my vegetable gardening friends, the Seed Savers Exchange Catalog and the annual Seed Savers Yearbook are favorite sources of heirloom seeds.

Diane’s display garden at Heritage Farm with Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glories covering the barn.

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Whew…

Jeff Hanks’ classic shape ceramic art pieces.

Ancient expressions at Chimera

Jeff Hanks’ expertly crafted pottery and my canvas “Live Sea Scrolls” would seem to have little in common. Yet we both found that we are working in very old mediums which overlap in man’s history.

  • Oct 9th, 2010
Jeff Hanks’ classic shape ceramic art pieces.
Sydney Salter
Sydney Salter
History corner

History corner

  • Oct 3rd, 2010
History corner
Is your cell phone hurting you?

Is your cell phone hurting you?

Most of us give no thought to how cell phones, wireless routers, cordless phones, remotes or pagers work. We love the convenience and the connectedness. We assume they are safe to use and are unaware of the invisible radio frequency radiation that flows all around us and allows this technology to function.

  • Oct 3rd, 2010
Is your cell phone hurting you?
Christa Malay with grandson Charles

New life for the Lopez Artist Guild

The Lopez Artist Guild (LAG) has been going through a reorganization phase over the past year.

  • Oct 3rd, 2010
Christa Malay with grandson Charles
Clockwise  from left: Wolf

Artist Profile: Terry Marshall

As if its violently vivid plumage and awkwardly splayed toes are not strange enough, this particular purple gallinule is not chasing wavelets on the Gulf. It’s perched on a broad studio table here on Lopez Island.

  • Oct 3rd, 2010
Clockwise  from left: Wolf

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Doublets and

From left:  JD Martin and Jan Garrett. The duo will perform with other local talent on Oct. 14 and 15 at Lopez Center.

Award-winning musicians join locals

In 2005, Lopez resident JC Marean received an interesting package. It was from his long-time friend and singing partner Bill Bliss, and contained only a blank CD. As Marean was used to Bliss sending him musical samples, he assumed it would be another collection of songs. It was a sample CD, but it was also a blast from the past.

  • Oct 3rd, 2010
From left:  JD Martin and Jan Garrett. The duo will perform with other local talent on Oct. 14 and 15 at Lopez Center.
Above photo: Suzanne Berven Nicholson

Suzanne Nicholson, Lopez Island

“Ithink everybody needs an interest. Find your thing, enjoy it, contribute to it,” said Suzanne Nicholson.

  • Sep 24th, 2010
Above photo: Suzanne Berven Nicholson

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Doublets

Detail of book inspired by “The Glass Castle.”

Art in the Library

One striking part of Lopez Island Library’s new Art in the Library installation is a display that pays homage to the library and allows patrons to interact with the pieces. It even allows them to create works of art themselves.

  • Sep 24th, 2010
Detail of book inspired by “The Glass Castle.”

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Equinox

The Hannah Swensen Mysteries

The Hannah Swensen Mysteries

Although the sudden departure of summer has left me disgruntled (it could have at least said goodbye) I don’t actually mind fall.

  • Sep 17th, 2010
The Hannah Swensen Mysteries
“Spring Run” is an example of hand-sculpted glass by Raven Skyriver.  The Lopez High School graduate will show some of his work at Chimera Gallery throughout September.

Glass sculptor returns home for art show

Fun. Just so much fun. That’s the word Raven Skyriver uses repeatedly about his work and life as a glass sculptor.

  • Sep 17th, 2010
“Spring Run” is an example of hand-sculpted glass by Raven Skyriver.  The Lopez High School graduate will show some of his work at Chimera Gallery throughout September.
Plant rutabaga now and you can harvest it this winter

Plant your winter roots now!

I’ve been gardening in the Pacific Northwest for 30 years and I’m…

Plant rutabaga now and you can harvest it this winter

Artists’ reception at Chimera Gallery, this Saturday.

There will be a reception held for the artists featured in "Wild," the latest exhibition at Chimera Gallery.

  • Sep 17th, 2010
Left: Lopez graduate Laura Strom assists Pedro to build a cement walkway at the cotton spinning cooperative. Work is the operative word when visiting the CDCA.

Stories and images from Nicaragua at LCCA

Nicaragua may be hundreds of miles away from Lopez Island, but it has a special place in the hearts of many here.

  • Sep 10th, 2010
Left: Lopez graduate Laura Strom assists Pedro to build a cement walkway at the cotton spinning cooperative. Work is the operative word when visiting the CDCA.
Left: The Black Farm. Above: The Mino property. Both houses are on the Lopez Home Tour.

Seventh annual Lopez Home Tour

Waterfront vistas, rolling hayfields, and dramatic bluff views are just some of the highlights of the seventh annual Lopez Island Home Tour, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18, on Lopez Island.

  • Sep 10th, 2010
Left: The Black Farm. Above: The Mino property. Both houses are on the Lopez Home Tour.
Blake Johnston and Julie Bottjen hold two of their Cornish Cross meat chickens.

Pasture-raised chickens: It can be done

There is a lot of interest in grass-fed, pastured, humanely raised cattle, sheep, pigs and goats. Especially with the recent 10th anniversary of the Island Grown Farmers Cooperative and its Mobile Slaughter Unit that have made raising these animals profitable for local farmers.

Blake Johnston and Julie Bottjen hold two of their Cornish Cross meat chickens.

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Heading On Out…

Clockwise from bottom left: Glacier

Artist Profile: Robyn Minkler

Aquiet certainty imbues the work of Lopez photographer Robyn Minkler.

  • Sep 3rd, 2010
Clockwise from bottom left: Glacier

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Last Week of Retrograde Mercury

From left: Sage Cook

Elephant Revival comes to town

This September there will be another chance to hear the popular band Elephant Revival. Sue DuMond, who organizes the Home on the Grange concert series, has invited them back to round up the summer music.

  • Sep 3rd, 2010
From left: Sage Cook
Three of the R.E.A.D dogs

Reading made easy with dogs

Reading is easily taken for granted. Most adults, young and old, do it every day without a second thought. Those at Lopez library, however, have not forgotten what it is like to be a shy reader.

  • Aug 27th, 2010
Three of the R.E.A.D dogs
After many humorous adventures

Puppets on the Rock returns

This weekend Carter Family Marionettes will bring the color and excitement of a Venetian carnival to Lopez Village.

  • Aug 27th, 2010
After many humorous adventures

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Racing To the Finish

Left photo: Lopezians Chrystal Brookenvange and Joshua Eide take the grand prize at the Trashion Fashion show Aug. 18.
Left photo: Lopezians Chrystal Brookenvange and Joshua Eide take the grand prize at the Trashion Fashion show Aug. 18.
Above photo: Don Miley

Donald Miley, Lopez Island

The first time he went to sea, toddling Don Miley crawled into a packing box and was adrift by outgoing tide.

  • Aug 20th, 2010
Above photo: Don Miley

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And There Goes Mercury…

Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Committed” is part memoir

“Committed” by Elizabeth Gilbert

Is it cheating to say I have read a certain book when actually all I did was listen to the audio recording?

  • Aug 15th, 2010
Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Committed” is part memoir
One of the carnival games at last year’s county fair.

It’s San Juan County Fair time again

The San Juan County Fair starts Wednesday, and once again Lopez will be well represented.

  • Aug 15th, 2010
One of the carnival games at last year’s county fair.
Chris Taylor serves a hot dog to a customer in Lopez Village. The hot dog stand

Life on Lopez

  • Aug 13th, 2010
Chris Taylor serves a hot dog to a customer in Lopez Village. The hot dog stand

Your garden: Time for a new season and start

It’s the dog days of August and after a three-week trip off the island, the garden is looking a little stressed.

  • Aug 13th, 2010

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Incoming!

Chess returns to Lopez Library

John Waugh is giving Lopezians the chance to play chess at the lopez Library. On Wednesday at 7 p.m., there will be the opportunity to come, play chess, or learn about the game. You don’t have to be good to come along.

  • Aug 13th, 2010
Ronnda Cadle will play at the Grange on Aug. 28.

Upcoming musician to perform at Grange

When Ronnda Cadle was about 15 years old, a song on the radio changed her life. The song was “Crazy On You” and, as Ronnda says, “I asked someone who the guy was playing the guitar...they said that someone was a woman.”

  • Aug 12th, 2010
Ronnda Cadle will play at the Grange on Aug. 28.