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Island Museum of Art presents illustrations from The Land of Smaerd, a newly published children’s book by authors Angela Russell and Andrea von Botefuhr, painted by San Juan Island artist Bryn Barnard.
Riki Shumacher of San Juan Island says, “I’ve always done some kind of art since I was a teenager.” Shumacher started out painting and drawing as an art major in high school. Later she worked with stained glass and pottery. She attended Western Washington University, majoring in graphic arts and communications. After careers as radio advertising executives in Seattle, Shumacher and her husband Fred retired to San Juan Island 10 years ago.
Thank you to all who rolled up their sleeves to donate at the Lopez Island Blood Drive on July 29.
by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-2006
There are many reasons that people quit smoking. Some can quit just because they learn about the dangers of tobacco, or because they have a health scare. Increasingly, tobacco use has become a workplace issue: in the recent past, the desire to protect workers from second hand smoke resulted in a new state law that banned smoking in and within 25 feet of any building.
The first annual Orcas Island Writers Festival will be held on September 4–7 in Moran State Park on Orcas Island. The goal of the festival is to create an enriching experience for writers and readers through classes, workshops, lectures, readings and informal gatherings.
Hope ... Hum ... Stomp ... Strum ... This is the sound of TWIRL. Original music composed by sister-brother duo Grace (most recently starring as Belle in Orcas Center’s production of “Beauty and the Beast”) and Clint McCune. This band, with 15 years of touring and performing under their belt, brings an integrity and magic to the stage.
The beat goes on ... maybe
Garden and yard chemicals used by San Juan Islanders are likely to reach some water body in the islands within 48 hours due to our geology of thin soils over rock.
Drive along Baker View Road on Lopez toward Spencer Spit and it’s likely that you’ll see a car or two pulled over and people taking pictures of Ken Akopiantz leading a team of oxen yoked to a cultivator and Kathryn Thomas sitting on the cultivator guiding it through the rows of vegetables.
Each year depression affects about six million American men and the number may be much higher, as men seem more reluctant than women to seek help with this condition. There are several varieties of male depression: major depressive episodes, chronic, less severe on-going depression, and bipolar or manic-depressive illness. All of these conditions are highly treatable though many men don’t recognize or acknowledge the symptoms.
A new report points to the progress the residents of the San Juan Islands have made in ecosystem protection efforts – and how those efforts can be a model for the restoration of the entire Puget Sound ecosystem.
Coming up on Saturday, July 19, 7:30 p.m. at the Lopez Grange is Austin alt-country, honky-tonkin singer-songwriter Idgy Vaughn accompanied by guitar legend Will Sexton.
Imagine experiencing some of The Beatles’ most monumental and complex compositions live.
July 19 and 20 is the Splash of Summer Color weekend, a time for everyone to celebrate the fragrant harvest at the San Juan Island Lavender Festival, the fine art and crafts at the San Juan Island Summer Arts Fair and special guests, the Lummi Indian Artists.
Many say that the San Juans are paradise – so how do we keep them that way? An eight page full color insert coming out July 15 and 16 in all three local papers gives actions we can all take to help. Make sure you get a copy of “Caring for our natural resources … a way of life in the San Juans.”
Another great summer concert season is upon us, and one local organization is doing its best to bring some of the best jazz and blues acts to the island. Dean Jacobsen and his non-profit the Lopez School Music Advocacy Foundation have a series of music events coming up. All of the proceeds support the music program at Lopez School and help bring musicians for in-school sessions with the students.
From the time Peter Fisher of Orcas Island was a child, he knew he wanted to share his love of nature and become an artist.
The popular world music band Children of the Revolution returns to Lopez Center Saturday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m. after a two-year absence. The group will perform in the Outdoor Pavilion.
Colleen Smith Armstrong reviews Jennie Shortridge's new novel, "Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe."
The San Juan County Land Bank’s recent purchase of Vern and Sidney Coffelt’s Farm on Orcas Island has helped ensure a future for local agriculture. The 185-acre working farm spans Crow Valley, connecting Fowler’s Pond and Turtleback Mountain Preserve, and encompassing an expanse of scenic open-space, habitat resources, and productive agricultural land.
Diana Bower’s hands tell of 50 years of using ancient techniques to create words and images. She’s carved over 100 linoleum blocks, spending thousands of hours working with X-acto and gouging knives. Many four-inch by six-inch blocks convey pastoral scenes. Others are half that size, including a series of six she carved in intricate detail in 1981 to depict the jail cell of a fellow nuclear weapons resister.
WSDOT Ferries Division launched its summer 2008 ferry schedule on Sunday, June 22, with additional vessels, sailings and service hours on the more popular tourism routes. The increased service levels will help locals and tourists alike take summer trips to the San Juan Islands, Whidbey Island, and Vashon Island. The summer schedule runs through Sept. 27.
Have you ever wondered about the details of the death process? Of course you haven’t! That kind of thinking is left for disturbed people, the sort that slow down on the freeway hoping to see the details of a car wreck. You spend your day reflecting upon the beauty and wonder of the world while leaving the sadistic and morose details of life to the sick and morbid ... your doctor. On the other hand, if you happen to be a connoisseur of highway carnage, read on.
Have you ever thought about raising a few chickens in your backyard? Talking with Todd Goldsmith and Diane Dear of T&D Farms, who have 88 Barred Rock laying hens, I learned that raising chickens is one part worry, one part daily chores and one part entertainment.
David Tucker is deputy managing editor of the New Jersey “Star-Ledger” and has been a reporter and editor at the “Toronto Star” and the “Philadelphia Inquirer.” He was on the “Star-Ledger” team that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. Mr. Tucker was awarded a Witter-Bynner fellowship for poetry in 2007 by former U. S. Poet Laureate, Donald Hall.
Marlyn Munter has spent most of her life on Lopez Island, working, gardening, raising a daughter, and making art in spare moments. In recent years her work has begun to get more time and attention, both from Marlyn and the world at large. Her art can be seen at Gallery 10 in Lopez Village, and her studio will be featured on the 2008 Annual Studio Tour, Labor Day weekend.
Carole Terry’s career as a renowned performer and pedagogue of the organ and harpsichord has taken her to many cities and universities throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East.
Young audiences will delight in an interactive puppet show coming to Lopez Library.
It’s a time-honored tradition to chuck the rat race, move to the islands and become an artist. Steve Ruegge, a former computer network support technician, seized the opportunity to do just that, fulfilling a dream by moving from Renton to Lopez in 2005. Since then he’s been developing both his artistic abilities and a place to work on his woodsy south-end property.
This Memorial Day weekend, Orcas a Cappella will give a concert of choral music featuring three American composers who have made their homes in the Northwest.
Summer Reading Program begins June 16
The Book of Fire
In this endearing short poem by Californian Trish Dugger, we can imagine “what if?” What if we had been given “a baker’s dozen of hearts?” I imagine many more and various love poems would be written. Here Ms. Dugger, Poet Laureate of the City of Encinitas, makes fine use of the one patched but good heart she has.