An afternoon celebration of summer in song

Soprano Jo-Ann Lange and Alice Williams, organist and harpist.

  • May 29th, 2009

Art in View

  • May 29th, 2009

Alice Di Micele with David Gelfand on bass at the Grange – Groove Folk Acoustic Soul

Alice Di Micele performing on acoustic guitar.

  • May 24th, 2009

LIFRC job support

You’ve just lost your job but the bills are piling up and…

  • May 23rd, 2009

Tickle Tune Typhoon Coming to Lopez

Lorraine Bayes and Dennis Westphall, founding directors and musicians of Tickle Tune.

  • May 23rd, 2009

The Whale Museum wins Best Museum in the Northwest

The Whale Museum’s Exhibit Hall.

  • May 18th, 2009

Voles: Furry farmers

A Townsend’s vole enjoying a salad.

  • May 15th, 2009

Hands at Work Named Outstanding Book of the Year

Hands at Work— Portraits and Profiles of People Who Work with Their…

  • May 15th, 2009

American Life in Poetry

Don Welch lives in Nebraska and is one of those many talented…

  • May 15th, 2009

Literary Moments

Lopez IslandLou PrayLibrary DirectorA great online resource you can use from home…

  • May 15th, 2009

Gwen Marston, quilter, author, teacher, comes to Lopez

Liberated Log Cabin quilt.

  • May 15th, 2009

Art, food, music and land preservation…Lopez style

In the gloaming of the day, the frogs sing their song of…

  • May 15th, 2009

The way of the dream

People across time and of every culture have been fascinated by dreams.…

Day Old Donuts

Back pain is so common that if you have never experienced it,…

  • May 8th, 2009

A Spring Celtic Concert

Jamie Laval, premier Celtic violinist.

  • May 8th, 2009

Steve Horn Receives Grant for Return to Bosnia –

CEC ArtsLink, based in New York City, has selected photographer Steve Horn as one of its 2009 Award recipients. This year’s selections represent artists and arts managers from throughout the U.S. and from 16 other countries.

  • May 3rd, 2009

Lopez Senior Services Sponsor golf tournament

Lopez Island Senior Services would like to invite the community to the seventh annual Islanders Bank Sixth Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday May 16 at 1:00 p.m.

Broadway on Fish Bay makes a splash!

BROADWAY ON FISH BAY is a benefit concert of tuneful, upbeat Broadway songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, Kander & Ebb, and others. The concert will feature songs from Oklahoma!, Les Miserables, Gypsy, South Pacific, Candide, Rent, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and other popular Broadway musicals.

  • May 2nd, 2009

Brain Boost

“Mom, why do you have Cheerios on your forehead?” Let me begin…

Spotlight on Seniors

Barbara at home on Lopez Island.

  • Apr 24th, 2009

American Life in Poetry

I’ve gotten to the age at which I am starting to strain…

  • Apr 18th, 2009

Letters About Literature champions honored at Capitol

The three champions of Washington’s 2008-09 Letters About Literature contest were honored by Secretary of State Sam Reed and State Librarian Jan Walsh in a ceremony at the State Capitol.

  • Apr 11th, 2009

BOSTON — Maybe it was the sex that caught our attenti

BOSTON -- Maybe it was the sex that caught our attention. Sex has a way of doing that. The lead of the story, after all, was that any Shiite woman in Afghanistan would be required by law “to fulfill the sexual desires of her husband.”

Health Matters

In your opinion, which of the following is better for treating a cut; hydrogen peroxide, honey, iodine, Neosporin, or Spam? Read on for the answer, although if you picked Spam, then just go away. When we get cut, we would like three things to happen. We want to prevent infection, stop the bleeding, and heal the wound. Most cuts don’t bleed much. They will stop on their own eventually. They also will eventually heal if we leave them alone long enough. The biggest risk posed by most wounds is infection. With some of the more vicious bugs around like MRSA (resistant staph) the fear of infection is understandable. That’s why people like to goober all kinds of creams and ointments on their cuts.

  • Apr 11th, 2009

SHARK REEF spring issue goes online

Staff reporter

  • Apr 6th, 2009

Artist Profile: Eric Boyle, Shaw Island

Tucked away on the west facing point of Neck Point Coves, with a waterline view of Yellow and San Juan Island, lies the home and studio of oil painter Eric Boyles. A nine-year resident of the San Juans, he is known to many on Shaw Island as their local gardener and landscape artist. But to those of you who have happened upon his work at the Lopez or Orcas Island Farmers markets, he is known for his three dimensional landscapes, inspired by the style and technique of the late Bob Ross.

  • Apr 4th, 2009

Horoscope for March 30-April 5, 2009

Aries (March 21- April 19): Venus still retrograde in your sign isn’t doing you any favors…some of your efforts are frustrated but you can’t take that personally. As we move into April, Friday will be the day to watch as Venus squares up with transformative Pluto. This is in effect now but will be exact on Friday. Sometimes it’s difficult to maintain optimism when your head is bruised from running into walls. If you feel the need, just have a good tantrum and try not to wreck property or people.

Taarka: gypsy balladeers

Emerging from a long tradition of gypsy circus troubadours come the solar- powered travelers: carriers of a new musical light; Taarka. This merry band is the culmination of the new millennia, sonic adventures of David Tiller (mandolin, tenor guitar, vocals), Enion Pelta-Tiller (five string violin, vocals), Daniel Plane (cello, vocals), and Troy Robey (bass, vocals) - a cadre of performers who have roamed the freeways and backroads of the new and old acoustic caravan trail in search of a revolutionary ancient sound for modern times. While the four musicians have individually been spreading song and tune over the aural superhighway since the last century, their collaborative intersection marks a new era of Taarkan tunesmithing. Taarka has released their 4th CD, Seed Gathering for a Winter Garden, in March 2009; a collection of beautifully written and arranged songs and original instrumentals running the gamut of indie-gypsy chamber folk.

  • Mar 30th, 2009

Hold the date for April 11 antiques evaluation fair!

What’s YOUR treasure? The Orcas Island Historical Museum is having an antiques “road show” on the Horseshoe Highway! Do you have heirlooms in your attic? Bucks in your basement? Come to the Orcas Grange Saturday April 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. to find out from the experts.

  • Mar 30th, 2009

K.I.C.K. Spring Break Camp

Do something fun this spring break. Island Rec is offering a three day afternoon mini day camp for elementary age youth. Games, arts and crafts and trips around the island are planned to keep everyone entertained all afternoon. On Thursday we will be headed to Orcas Island to play at the fun house. Camp will run April 7-9th. Register before April 1st to guarantee space. For more information contact Abby at the Island Rec office 378-4953 or drop by 580 Guard St.

  • Mar 28th, 2009

Learn a little, hike a little, eat a little: Join us for the Ethnobotany and Edibles Workshop

Join leading ethnobotanist Mac Smith, Fiona Norris from the San Juan Nature Institute, and Kathleen Foley from the San Juan Preservation Trust for an informative hike on an amazing parcel of SJPT-protected land on the west side of San Juan Island. After a brief introductory session at the San Juan Preservation Trust office in Friday Harbor, we will head out for our hike where Mr. Smith will be discussing the traditional uses of native plants. Laurie Paul from Friday Harbor’s Market Chef restaurant will finish out the day with some wild edibles for us to sample.

  • Mar 28th, 2009

The British are coming!

As the number of soccer players in the USA nears 20 million, the number one soccer company in the United States, Canada and Australia, Challenger Sports, has been invited to hold one of their nationwide program of British Soccer training camps right here in the growing soccer community of Orcas Island.

  • Mar 28th, 2009

Lopez Lions Trout Program big hit with kids

Judging from the feedback, the Lopez Lions trophy trout program at Hummel Lake is becoming increasingly popular with Lopez kids. The word is out. Kids as young as four have landed these special rainbows, which can approach 20-inch length and can exceed three pounds. Several larger fish have been caught as well.

  • Mar 28th, 2009

Newt trails

Over the past two months, hundreds of rough-skinned newts (Taricha granulosa) tried to cross San Juan County roads on the way from summer breeding ponds to forested winter foraging areas. Far too many were squashed by careless motorists, leaving telltale ribbons of newt-shaped stains on the asphalt.

  • Mar 28th, 2009

Invest in Your food, invest in your farmer

Lopez Community Farm has begun registration for their 2009 CSA season! What is CSA? Community Supported Agriculture is a way in which community members become farm members. By “investing” at the beginning of the growing season, members provide the farm with the “seed” money (literally and figuratively) needed to keep the farm running for the rest of the year. At Lopez Community Farm, shares range from small, standard, and large ($400, $500, and $600 for the six month season from June through November). The intended return is a generally greater value of the freshest vegetables, herbs, and flowers cultivated and harvested specifically for you. Each week members drop by the farm on a designated day to pick up their produce. This year’s harvest will include upwards of 100 favorite, heirloom and new varieties of vegetables whose arrival will reflect the changing seasons. “What makes a CSA unique is that it allows the farm organism to live and breathe more naturally. We don’t force the soil to produce large amounts of particular crops that happen to make the most money in the market. Our work is to create balance on the farm,” said Julie Bottjen, one of the new managers of the farm.

  • Mar 21st, 2009

Orcas Choral Society to present Fauré’s “Requiem”

The Orcas Choral Society will present the “Requiem” by Gabriel Fauré on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m. at the Orcas Island Community Church.

  • Mar 14th, 2009

Fragile and rare: the Island Marble butterfly

Several rare butterflies have been seen in the San Juan Islands. Only the Island Marble butterfly is found only in the islands and nowhere else!

  • Mar 7th, 2009

Health Matters Sausages, Salt, and Stockings

Have you noticed how your legs tend to swell when the weather is extra hot, or if you are standing for long periods of time, or if you eat a lot of salty food? You haven’t? I’m sad, because now you can’t fully enjoy this article about edema. Edema is the condition of excess fluid in the body and results in swelling. It is a very common problem, more common the older one gets, until you actually die, after which it is extremely uncommon, virtually unheard of. Edema is bad. It can cause pain, skin breakdown, infection, and is the leading cause of kankles.

  • Mar 7th, 2009

Island Fibers: A Slow Fiber Experience

Ever wonder what happens to all the wool from Lopez sheep? For the past year and a half, a lot of it has ended up with Maxine Bronstein and Debbie Hayward at their Lopez business Island Fibers.