Disaster Preparedness Event
Mar
7
5:30 PM17:30

Disaster Preparedness Event

Disaster Preparedness Event @ The Seaview Theatre

Wednesday, March 7th from 5:30-7:30pm.

The event will offer informative presentations by our local experts covering what we can expect in the event of a disaster on Orcas Island. Let’s gather as a community and learn what steps we can take to prepare our homes, ourselves, and our families. Presenters include San Juan County Department of Emergency Management, Orcas Fire & Rescue, San Juan County Building Department, OPALCO, Nathan Donnelly of Reverence Permaculture & Preparedness, Odd Fellows, and Orcas Food Co-op.

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Mar
14
5:30 PM17:30

Coalition for Orcas Health Care Town Hall Meeting #4

Town Hall Meeting #4

Candidates Forum:  Meet the Candidates for PHD Commissioners

HEALTH CARE for ORCAS:    A Community Conversation

Join us for a series of public conversations about the proposed Public Hospital District (PHD) on Orcas Island.  This is an opportunity to raise questions, express concerns and explore the issues involved in taking control of our health care needs.

https://www.coalitionfororcashealthcare.com/

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 14th, 5:30-7 at the Eastsound Fire Hall.       

 

 

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OWC General Meeting
Feb
18
3:00 PM15:00

OWC General Meeting

Please join us on Sunday, February 18th from 3-5pm at the Orcas Fire Hall for the OWC General Meeting. 

The time has come for us to gather and discuss what is to come. Please bring your announcements and enthusiasm! 

During this meeting we will have special guests from the Coalition for Orcas Healthcare speaking with us and answering questions about the new proposed hospital district.

 

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Jan
25
4:00 PM16:00

:: PACE :: Meeting

  • Maria's Room, Orcas Public Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the Political Action + Civic Engagement Team for our monthly meeting to organize upcoming actions and events. 

We will be meeting from 4 - 5pm in Maria's Room in the Orcas Public Library. 

We hope to see you there! 

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Jan
24
5:30 PM17:30

Coalition for Orcas Health Care Town Hall Meeting #3

Town Hall Meeting #3

Public Hospital Districts: How Do They Work?

 

HEALTH CARE for ORCAS:    A Community Conversation

Join us for a series of public conversations about the proposed Public Hospital District (PHD) on Orcas Island.  This is an opportunity to raise questions, express concerns and explore the issues involved in taking control of our health care needs.

https://www.coalitionfororcashealthcare.com/

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 24th, 5:30-7 at the Eastsound Fire Hall.       

 

 

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Jan
20
11:30 AM11:30

Eastsound Women's March

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Gather at Waterfront Park @ 11:30am and walk with us to the Village Green from noon to 1pm. 

We will be marching to engage and empower ALL people to support human rights, women’s rights, voting rights, civil rights, social justice, racial equality, environmental rights, disability rights, LGBT rights, reproductive rights, indigenous people’s rights, immigration rights, health rights, veterans rights and liberty and justice for all. Please join us!

All islanders are invited to take part in our protest against the current Administration. This is a family and pet friendly sidewalk parade and an easy walk. Bring your signs and your passion and join us. The current Administration’s policies are not America’s policies.

Please help spread the word! 

Click Here for a printable 8.5" x 11" flyer.

Click Here for a printable page of four flyers.

 

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Jan
13
11:30 AM11:30

SJC Democrats Meeting

From the SJC Dems:

The SJC Dems will hold our first meeting of 2018 on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Skagit College in Friday Harbor starting at 11:30. 

It is time to improve on our wins in late 2017 as we move to take back our country.  There will be lots of important elections this year, and your help would be most welcome.

If you are traveling from another island, generous Friday Harbor drivers will pick us up at the ferry landing at 11:30, then return us to the ferry in time for the 2:50 ferry.  If you cannot attend but would like to tune in, you can attend virtually via Zoom conference: go to https://zoom.us/j/206693831, and our meeting ID is 206-693-831.

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EAT : Our Sound, Our Salmon Presentation
Jan
4
6:30 PM18:30

EAT : Our Sound, Our Salmon Presentation

  • Parish Hall @ Emmanuel Episcopal Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On January 4th, Kurt Beardslee, of the Wild Fish Conservancy, invites you to join the Our Sound, Our Salmon campaign on Orcas Island for a lively discussion on the future of Atlantic salmon net pens in Puget Sound.

Kurt will present on the regulatory history of the net pen industry, the impacts of the Cypress Island net pen disaster, and ways in which the public can get involved as Washington State legislators consider phasing out Atlantic salmon aquaculture.

A Q and A discussion will follow.

The event will be from 6:30 - 8pm at the Emmanuel Parish Hall, 242 Main St, Eastsound on Orcas Island.

This event is generously sponsored by:

Orcas Food Cooperative
Orcas Women's Coaltion
San Juan County Democrats
Our Revolution San Juan County

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Dec
18
5:30 PM17:30

Coalition for Orcas Health Care Town Hall Meeting #1

Town Hall Meeting #2

This will be a question and answer session, preceded by a brief overview of issues of rural medicine, and a vision for sustainable health care on our island.

HEALTH CARE for ORCAS:    A Community Conversation

Join us for a series of public conversations about the proposed Public Hospital District (PHD) on Orcas Island.  This is an opportunity to raise questions, express concerns and explore the issues involved in taking control of our health care needs.

https://www.coalitionfororcashealthcare.com/

The meeting will take place on Monday, December 18, 5:30-7 at the American Legion Hall.      

 

 

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Nov
30
5:30 PM17:30

Coalition for Orcas Health Care Town Hall Meeting #1

Town Hall Meeting #1

This will be a question and answer session, preceded by a brief overview of issues of rural medicine, and a vision for sustainable health care on our island.

https://www.coalitionfororcashealthcare.com/

The meeting will take place on Thursday, November 30, 5:30-7 at the Eastsound Fire Hall.       

 

 

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OWC Renewal Party!
Nov
19
4:00 PM16:00

OWC Renewal Party!

  • Parrish Hall @ Emmanuel Episcopal Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A year has passed and so much amazingness has transpired. 

Please join us in celebrating the many accomplishments of the Orcas Women's Coalition at our Renewal Party on Sunday, November 19th from 4–6pm at the Parrish Hall in Eastsound. 

Please feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share.

Child care will be provided. 

We look forward to sharing the candle light and sisterhood as we ready for winter and plan for the year ahead.

*This event is open to all women and transgender folks. 

 

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OWC Quarterly Meeting: Kristine Lytton
Sep
17
4:00 PM16:00

OWC Quarterly Meeting: Kristine Lytton

The OWC quarterly meeting will be held in the Orcas School Cafeteria on Sunday, September 17th from 4-6pm. 

Our guest speaker for this meeting is 40th Legislative District Representative, Kristine Lytton. 

Representative Lytton will be speaking on the topic of women in politics. Bring your questions, comments, and a friend! 

Click here for printable flyers!

 

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Sep
17
10:00 AM10:00

40th District Democrats Meeting

0th District Democrats Meeting at the Orcas Hotel. A meeting on Orcas is a rare event! I highly recommend attending. At this meeting of the 40th District Dems there will be a speaker from De-Escalate Washington regarding I-940, an initiative that will require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation, mental-health, and first-aid training, and provide first-aid; and change standards for use of deadly force, adding a “good faith” standard and independent investigation." 

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San Juan County Democrats Meeting
Sep
16
11:30 AM11:30

San Juan County Democrats Meeting

  • Skagit Valley Community College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The next meeting of the San Juan County Democrats will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the community college in Friday Harbor from 11:35 until 1:50. 

Those of you from other islands can walk on the ferry and expect a ride from our friendly San Juan Island Democrats.  If you need childcare in order to attend, please let me know so it can be arranged in a room adjacent to our meeting room.  I encourage you to bring a lunch, as we meet right through lunchtime.

We have a busy agenda for September's meeting, with news about our campaign event for Manka Dhingra to help take back the state senate, discussing and hopefully adopting endorsement rules so we can start making endorsements in this fall's election, and other opportunities for you to be involved in making a difference.  Please join us.
 
Thanks,
David Turnoy
Chair, San Juan County Democrats

http://sjdemocrats.org/

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Sep
14
4:30 PM16:30

EAT: September Meeting

  • Orcas Island Community Foundation (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The OWC Environmental Action Team (EAT) meets each month to discuss actions for protecting our environment. Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month, from 4:30-6pm at the OICF Community Room - 141 Prune Alley, Suite 201 , Eastsound, WA 98245

New attendees welcome!

At our September 14th meeting, Barbara Rosenkotter will join us to talk about the possibility of removing dams from certain streams on Orcas in order to restore salmon runs!

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:: PACE :: Monthly Meeting
Sep
7
4:00 PM16:00

:: PACE :: Monthly Meeting

Please join PACE: Political Action + Civic Engagement Action Team for our September meeting from 4-5pm on Thursday, September 7th in "Maria's Room" in the Orcas Library. 

We'll be discussing how to best support Manka Dhingra's campaign as well other important upcoming local elections.

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Aug
16
to Aug 19

OWC at the San Juan County Fair!

We are very excited to announce that the Orcas Women's Coalition will be present within the San Juan County Democrats' Booth at the San Juan County Fair August 16th-19th (Wednesday-Saturday)! This is an excellent opportunity to engage with our community and talk about the awesomeness of women coming together and making a difference! 

OWC will be hosting a postcard writing table, complete with postcards, address stickers for our reps, suggested postcard topics, pens, stamps, and a super cool chicken wire mailbox for writers to submit their completed postcards. We will also have info on OWC Action Teams and take home flyers for our booth visitors. 

Wanna participate? We need volunteers to hang out at the booth, talk with visitors, and help keep the postcard table stocked and organized.  Will you please sign up for a shift? Our aim is to have the booth "staffed" by at least one person from OWC for the entirety of the fair. 

Please sign up for your shift(s) using the link below. Thank you! 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4ba5a62ba6fb6-county

 

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Aug
15
8:45 AM08:45

IMMIGRATION: Join us on the Courthouse Lawn

GOOD NEWS!  LOCAL ACTIVISM MEANS EFFECTIVE CHANGE HERE AND NOW!
 
The OWC-IRG Immigration Initiative qualified for the November ballot with overwhelming numbers because you wanted to make a difference and it worked.  A small but mighty coalition of citizen activists from all the big islands brought your tidings to the San Juan County Council at their Tuesday meeting, and as a result, a date has been set for a Public Hearing to consider adopting our initiative BEFORE November!
 
TAKE ACTION to get 2017-07 over the finish line.  This is a turning point when your voice and your presence will make a big difference getting our County Council to do the right thing which is to pass the ordinance as written right then and there!  This is the Council's opportunity to send a message of support for the will of the people, for our immigrant residents and for the safety of our communities.
 
At 8:45 a.m. August 15th let's make a crowd of compassionate, politically engaged people from all over the county on the Courthouse lawn in FridayHarbor. We will walk together to the Large Legislative Conference Room of County Council Offices across the road at 55 Second Street.  If you need alternative transportation up the hill from the ferry dock, email Cindy at cwolf@seanet.com and we will coordinate with kind folks on San Juan Island.
 
It is pretty crucial to let us know you will come and if you would like to speak by signing up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4aafac2cabf58-sanjuan.  This way we can get you talking points if you want them, marching plans, sign making ideas and any changes in meeting times or with the ferry schedule.
 
Yours with Love, Courage and Much Delight,
 
Cindy Wolf – Elly Hoague – Anne Marie Shanks
Members of Orcas Women's Coalition

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Jul
12
5:00 PM17:00

Affordable Housing Rally on the Village Green

ednesday, July 12th - 5pm : Affordable Housing Rally on the Village Green In response to the island's continuing need for affordable housing, OPAL Community Land Trust is staging a summer picnic and rally - "Let's Hear It for Affordable Housing!" A picnic will be served by the Orcas Village Store; cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. Other activities include music by the Turtleback Brass; an Orcas celebrity "Housing Jeopardy" game, featuring well-known residents; keynote speakers; and several booths where islanders can provide input and learn where their action and involvement are needed. Walking tours of the proposed April's Grove rental neighborhood on North Beach Road will be led by OPAL staff and trustees. Sponsors for the picnic and rally are Island Market, San Juan Propane, Islanders Bank, Nickel Bros., San Juan Insurance, Washington Federal Bank, The Exchange/Orcas Recycling Services and Village Store.  opalclt.org or call (360) 376-3191

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Jul
12
3:00 PM15:00

Community Forum with Senator Ranker and Lt. Governor Habib​

Community Forum with Senator Ranker and Lt. Governor Habib at Orcas Senior Center Wednesday, July 12th from 3-4:30pm. Join Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib and Sen. Kevin Ranker for a community discussion Wednesday, July 12, on priority issues in the San Juan region and beyond. The Lt. Governor will discuss the statewide initiatives he has developed since taking office in January, and their potential impact to the San Juan Islands; Sen. Ranker will provide an update on the new budget, its tax implications, and his legislative priorities. 

This meeting is an opportunity for constituents to learn about the work their elected officials are doing, and for elected officials to hear from their constituents about the issues affecting their lives. Topics of discussion will include regional economic development, access to higher education, K-12 funding, the operating and capital budgets, and other policy matters.

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