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The Fourth of July Parade is one of the highlights of celebrating the day on Lopez.
That yellow haze on your car is the sign of the allergy season. Millions of airborne particles of pollen and mold are entering your lungs right now as you read this. What are they doing in there?
June is “Dairy Month,” a designation begun in 1937 by the National Dairy Council as a way to encourage milk drinking and support dairy farmers. But before there were dairy associations promoting the milk, cream, butter, ice cream, yogurt and cheese we buy in markets today, many families had their own cow. And here on Lopez some still do.
Pacific Northwest artist Christa Malay’s work is being featured at the Governor’s Mansion Gallery. The exhibit opened May 12. The art pieces selected for this exhibition are images from her home and community on Lopez Island.
On May 11, a career spanning more than 40 years was celebrated. The only thing is, to the recipient Felicity Green, it didn’t feel that long at all.
Lopez Island stonemason David Anderson’s opinions are as strong as the materials…
Rita and Chris Elliott have a story about why they ended up doing what they do.
Watching the Wheels Turn…
This summer, the Family Resource Center is offering you the perfect way to cool off. The highlights of this year’s schedule of summer classes has a decidedly nautical air.
“His family had horses,” said Anne Worley, “and my family had boats.”
Please Fasten Your Seat Belts. The Grand Acceleration Begins Now.
A unique musical event featuring two first-time performers on the Lopez Center stage, along with Kevin Dengler and the Sheet Metal Blues band, will kick off at 6:30 p.m. May 29. Admission is free. The program entitled “A Beautiful Gift: Celebrating Our Senior Hamlet” was the brainchild of Terry Wean, better known on Lopez as a stone mason rather than an accomplished guitar vocalist and song writer.
The Orcas Island Writers Festival will host a one-day writer’s retreat workshop with Deb Lund.
Lopez musician Ginni Keith has an idea, and she needs your input.
On May 23, soprano Sharon Abreu will perform on Lopez accompanied by pianist Marianne Lewis. The program will include opera arias by Mozart, Puccini, Handle and Dvorak, songs with music by Barber and Copland and poetry by Emily Dickinson and W.B. Yeats.
And So We Move On…
Summer is coming and the reading is easy - if you know where your library is. Just a reminder, there are no limits on number of books you can check out or number of times you can renew a book, CD, or magazine. The big thing is that if the item is on hold for someone else, get that returned pronto to avoid having your record blocked and making your neighbor wait for what is a shared community resource. End of lecture!
Oh Umberto Eco, you shadow of an echo, how you tease us island dwellers!
A Financial Assistance Fund has been created to enable qualified seniors without sufficient financial resources to apply and enter the Hamlet House, based on space availability. One room will be allocated for residents who may benefit from this new fund. Call the LOHO office at 468-2620 for more information.
On April 20, Joy Davis was awarded the 2010 Site Manager of the Year Award for her work with Westview Apartments.
Lopez offers many ways for the island youth to find their passion. The island is an environment that teaches children to be at home with the earth, and with the water. Now, Lopez resident Anne Burton is adding a third element: air.
On any given day, a snorting, gurgling racket can be heard echoing from a dark corner by our garage. The strange creature that spends its day there is Austin, our bulldog. The odor from that area, a combination of skunk and decaying broccoli, may result from his preferred diet of forest grubs and non-recyclable plastic.
Those who’ve lived in the San Juan Islands for many years remember farms large enough to sustain a herd of dairy cows and operate a dairy or to raise large numbers of hogs, sheep or cattle and grow fields of grain to feed them.
Have you ever had a favorite band whose music you always crank up when you’re cruising around on a sunny day with your windows rolled down? Or one that you play specifically to dance to when no one else is around?
Mercury Direct, New Moon! Finally, Mercury comes out of retrograde on Tuesday!…
We’ve seen some great beater cars and trucks sent in, and we would like to encourgae everyone to keep submitting them. The Weekly wants your photos of the most beat-up, character-full car you can find. Be it on the road or stuck in a field with three wheels, send us a shot and we may print it. All photos should be no less than 1 MB, be in JPEG format and be no larger than 300ppi. Please include who took the photo, what part of the island it was taken on and any other information you want printed with. Take this opportunity to celebrate a truly ‘island’ feature.
The Lopez Summer Workshops brochures for the Lopez Island Family Resource Center have been mailed. Anyone who has a mailing address or a P.O. Box on Lopez Island should have received one. They also sent out brochures to anyone who has participated in previous summer workshops. Summer classes are also available online at the website email@example.com. Submit registration and fees early to reserve your slot. Classes have a limited space and can fill up quickly. Look for brochures at these locations; the LIFRC office, LVM, Library, Holly B’s, Islandale Store, and the Ferry Landing.
Need to attend a meeting off-island but would rather not have to spend hours in the commute? Now Lopez Library is offering the opportunity to attend the meeting virtually. Call the library to book the room for your meeting time. This is a great option for a small groups to save travel time and energy using interactive telecommunication technologies which allow two or more locations to interact via two-way video and audio transmissions simultaneously. Library staff will get you set up. This facility is part of the library`s long-range plan to ``Connect to the Online World`` by offering useful online services to the community. Funded in part by the Friends of the Library.
Members of the Lobos golf team competed against Orcas, LaConner and Shore line Christian last Tuesday. LaConner won the ladies and Orcas took first with their boys team. The Lobos have a bright future ahead of them with wins later in the week allowing 11 team members to qualify for the Tri-District Tournament.
For Lopez Island weaver Linda Graham-Rose, a strong sense of place is linked inextricably to her art. From the signs which line her driveway, informing visitors that this is the Chris Jensen Homestead, 1887 (a great, great uncle) and the birthplace of Hazel Nielsen, 1919, “Linda’s mom,” to Graham-Rose’s hand-woven blankets and tea towels, it is all about the feeling of home.
“The greenest watt is the watt we never use,” says Lopezian Doug Poole. As an energy consultant, however, he understands that this is too extreme a solution for the average household. Moreover, it is the average household that he and partner Jeff Dyer are eager to help out.
This is Funny… This retrograde Mercury has a very curious twist to…
A meandering and hilarious homage to a new spatula; vibrant, cacophonous word pictures from a dusty volunteer adventure in Africa; a fictional young woman’s final encounter with her dying father.
The Legacy Writers group meets at the Gathering Place the second Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. According to Six Lapham, the organizer and a resident of Hamlet House, “The purpose is to share, support and encourage our written expression, mostly of family doings and stuff to confound the grandkids.” Any island senior is welcome.
Although it has nothing to do with flowers blooming or lambs jumping, the opening of the museum is a clear sign of spring on Lopez.