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Scene from last year’s Fourth of July Parade.

Murray Trelease named grand marshal of July 4 Parade

The Fourth of July Parade is one of the highlights of celebrating the day on Lopez.

  • Jun 4th, 2010
Scene from last year’s Fourth of July Parade.
Pollen allergies can have short and long term consequences.

Weird pollen

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?

  • Jun 4th, 2010
Pollen allergies can have short and long term consequences.
The Zapalac family

Keeping a family cow

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.

The Zapalac family

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Major Conjunction

“One Sheep” #1478

Lopez artist at Governor’s Mansion

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.

  • May 30th, 2010
“One Sheep” #1478
Yoga teacher ‘lights the way’ for 40 years

Yoga teacher ‘lights the way’ for 40 years

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.

  • May 30th, 2010
Yoga teacher ‘lights the way’ for 40 years
Top: River rock garden and entry wall.

Artist Profile: David Anderson

Lopez Island stonemason David Anderson’s opinions are as strong as the materials…

  • May 28th, 2010
Top: River rock garden and entry wall.
Rita and Chris Elliott stand in front of one of the EMS vehicles in the Lopez Island fire hall.

Have you heard about the Elliotts?

Rita and Chris Elliott have a story about why they ended up doing what they do.

  • May 28th, 2010
Rita and Chris Elliott stand in front of one of the EMS vehicles in the Lopez Island fire hall.

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Watching the Wheels Turn…

The Weekly Beater

The Weekly Beater

  • May 21st, 2010
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Adventurous young sailor prepares for capsize maneuvers during Lopez Summer Sailing Workshop

Cool off with the LIFRC

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.

  • May 21st, 2010
Adventurous young sailor prepares for capsize maneuvers during Lopez Summer Sailing Workshop
Clockwise from top: Ross and Anne Worley in 2001

Anne & Ross Worley, Lopez Island

“His family had horses,” said Anne Worley, “and my family had boats.”

  • May 21st, 2010
Clockwise from top: Ross and Anne Worley in 2001

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Please Fasten Your Seat Belts. The Grand Acceleration Begins Now.

Discussing arrangements for the May 29 event in celebration of the Senior Hamlet are from lef:t  Murray Trelease

A ‘beautiful gift’ on Lopez

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.

  • May 16th, 2010
Discussing arrangements for the May 29 event in celebration of the Senior Hamlet are from lef:t  Murray Trelease
Deb Lund

Writer’s workshop with Deb Lund

The Orcas Island Writers Festival will host a one-day writer’s retreat workshop with Deb Lund.

  • May 16th, 2010
Deb Lund
The Weekly Beater

The Weekly Beater

  • May 14th, 2010
The Weekly Beater
Ginni Keith plays her trumpet outside her practice space on Lopez Island.

Anyone for performing arts?

Lopez musician Ginni Keith has an idea, and she needs your input.

  • May 14th, 2010
Ginni Keith plays her trumpet outside her practice space on Lopez Island.
Left: Sharon Abreu

Soprano Sharon Abreu returns to Lopez

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.

  • May 14th, 2010
Left: Sharon Abreu

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And So We Move On…

Literary Moments

Literary Moments

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!

Literary Moments
The Island of the Day Before

The Island of the Day Before

Oh Umberto Eco, you shadow of an echo, how you tease us island dwellers!

  • May 14th, 2010
The Island of the Day Before
Gordie Rydberg

Short shots from the Senior Hamlet

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.

  • May 7th, 2010
Gordie Rydberg
Joy Davis and her award.

Davis Manager of Year

On April 20, Joy Davis was awarded the 2010 Site Manager of the Year Award for her work with Westview Apartments.

  • May 7th, 2010
Joy Davis and her award.
Anne Burton jumps on the trampoline above her trampoline students.

Up in the air on Lopez Island

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.

  • May 7th, 2010
Anne Burton jumps on the trampoline above her trampoline students.
Why the Tooth Fairy wears body armor

Why the Tooth Fairy wears body armor

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.

  • May 7th, 2010
Why the Tooth Fairy wears body armor

Preserving farmland by farming

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.

Members of the band Rat City Brass.

Rat City Brass at Lopez Center

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?

  • May 7th, 2010
Members of the band Rat City Brass.

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Mercury Direct, New Moon! Finally, Mercury comes out of retrograde on Tuesday!…

The Weekly Beater

The Weekly Beater

  • Apr 30th, 2010
The Weekly Beater

Keep those beaters coming, Lopez

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.

  • Apr 30th, 2010

LIFRC Summer Workshop Reminder:

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 liferc@rockisland.org. 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.

  • Apr 30th, 2010

Free Videoconferencing at Lopez Island Library

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.

  • Apr 30th, 2010
Chase Schober

Good golfing from the Lobos

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.

  • Apr 30th, 2010
Chase Schober
Clockwise: Linda Graham-Rose at her loom. Two towels

Artist Profile: Linda Graham Rose

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.

  • Apr 30th, 2010
Clockwise: Linda Graham-Rose at her loom. Two towels
(from left) Doug Poole and Jeff Dyer stand in front of one of their recently installed solar panels on Lopez Island.

New Era of Energy For Lopez

“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.

  • Apr 30th, 2010
(from left) Doug Poole and Jeff Dyer stand in front of one of their recently installed solar panels on Lopez Island.

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This is Funny… This retrograde Mercury has a very curious twist to…

Watercolor art by Caroline Buchanan: Clockwise from far left: Stroking into the New Day

‘Shark Reef’ spring issue is now available online

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.

  • Apr 25th, 2010
Watercolor art by Caroline Buchanan: Clockwise from far left: Stroking into the New Day
The Weekly Beater

The Weekly Beater

  • Apr 23rd, 2010
The Weekly Beater
Maureen Rogers accompanies a group of Hamlet House residents during their Oldies’ song fest.

Short shots from the Senior Hamlet

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.

  • Apr 23rd, 2010
Maureen Rogers accompanies a group of Hamlet House residents during their Oldies’ song fest.
The exhibition at the museum

Lopez Museum opens with new show, new set up

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.

  • Apr 23rd, 2010
The exhibition at the museum