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Orcas Island
Saturday, February 28, 2015 to Saturday, March 28, 2015
3:00 p.m.
Red Rabbit Farm

Watch these amazing Orcas chefs personally demonstrate their skills at the Red Rabbit Farm Cooking Barn. Proceeds benefit the Orcas Island Shakespeare Festival. For only $100 per class you can learn from the best! And then dine, drink wine and take home the recipes. Payment may be made at the Office Cupboard or the Chamber of Commerce office. An Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce event, sponsored by Island Market. Hosted by Red Rabbit Farm.

• February 28 * Chef John Trumbull (Roses) - John will show us how to make a wonderful meal with Coffelt Farm Lamb.

• March 14 * Chef Geddes Martin (Inn at Ship Bay) - Geddes will bring his Ship Bay-raised pork to the kitchen and give us techniques for cooking unfamiliar cuts of meat.

• March 21 * Chef Christina Orchid (Red Rabbit Farm) - Christina will provide her version of the Spanish table, complete with a Paella seminar and traditional Spanish dessert.

• March 28 * Chef Steve DeBaste (New Leaf Cafe) - Steve is a real French Chef and he will share some classic recipes, including tricks and techniques from the French kitchen.

Lopez Island
Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Lopez Island

The San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit is back in 2015! Join fellow farmers, regional experts, local food and farm advocates for two days of education, inspiration, and camaraderie.

Keynote by internationally renowned writer and visionary, Gary Nabhan, will inspire and inform on the benefits of maintaining local heritage and place based food systems. Award-winning author Thor Hanson will talk on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Lopez Center about his newly released book, "The Triumph of Seeds."

Attend one of the hands-on workshops on Friday, February 27th. Back by popular demand: humane, on-farm slaughter with Farmstead Meatsmith; and biochar production and kiln demos. New this year: baking with local grains with Jonathan Bethony McDowell, resident baker at the Washington State University Research and Extension Center Bread Lab in Mt. Vernon; writing your own farm plan with experts from the SJ Islands Conservation District.

Choose from 24 compelling Saturday sessions led by regional experts: farmland changing hands, funding for farmers, connecting with organic seed markets, building soil fertility, growing nutrient-dense vegetables, rules and regulations for value-added production, pollinator health, local grain production and end-uses, malting, tips on marketing, and more. This event is presented by SJC Agricultural Resources Committee, SJ Islands Agricultural Guild and WSU SJC Extension. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to

San Juan Island
Saturday, February 28, 2015
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

IMA kicks off new Artist Workshop Program with photographer John Miller.

San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) opens its 2015 Artist Workshop Program with “Managing Your Digital Camera – How to Consistently Produce Print-worthy Photos” by local professional photographer John Miller.
The workshop runs on Saturdays February 21 through March 14.

The course includes enhancing familiarity of the camera and settings, optimizing settings, adjusting depth of field, and the basics of perspective and composure. Students will also have the opportunity to suggest additional topics.

Participants must have access to an adjustable camera (preferably a digital SLR) that allows manual aperture (f-stop) and shutter speed adjustment with ISO, plus a computer-based image organizer or post processor like Photoshop Elements or Lightroom.

Photo Credit: John Miller

To register, go to or call 360 370 5050.

All San Juan Islands
Sunday, March 1, 2015 to Thursday, April 30, 2015

Spring Break in the San Juan Islands is a great time for a family get away! Enjoy beaches and hiking trails, learn about whales at The Whale Museum, or see whales and other wildlife in their native habitat on a whale watching trip. There are all sorts of kid-friendly activities at The Fun House Commons, and the Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island Historical Museums. Go adventuring at the beach, or hit the trails for mountain biking and hiking. Try a zip line tour, visit an alpaca farm, go bowling and more. There are great family restaurants and many lodgings that love to host children of all ages.

You'll find packages and specials at the links below.

 Orcas Island:

•  Spring Bay on Orcas Island Kayak Tours - Spring for a Family Kayak Tour, March 1 - April 30

 West Beach Resort - Midweek Spring Break Special, Feb. 12 - March 19

Lopez Island:


San Juan Island:

•  San Juan Safaris Whale Watching - Spring Break $10 Off Students, March 1-31

•  San Juan Outfitters Whale Watching - Spring Break Whale Watching, March 1-31

•  Friday Harbor House - Spring Beak Escape, March 1-31

•  Courtyard Suites - 3rd Night is Free in March, March 1-31

 Discovery Inn - Discover Spring Savings, March 1 - April 15

•  Island Inn at 123 West - Spring has sprung! March 1 - April 16

•  Driftwood Farm Cottage - Spring Break Cottage Special, March 1 - April 30

•  San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours - Spring Break $5 off per Person, March 1 - April 30

•  Choice Island Vacation Homes - Spring Break Savings, March 1 - April 30

 Susie's Mopeds & Car Rentals - Spring Break Special, March 15 - April 19

•  Kirk House B & B - Spring Break for Grown-Ups, March 16 - April 30

•  Kirk House B & B - Taste of Spring Package, April 1-30

•  Courtyard Suite - Spring Break Specials, April 1-30

•  Discovery Inn - Mid Week Spring Savings, April 16-30







Orcas Island
Sunday, March 1, 2015
3:00 p.m.

Music Advocacy Group's 18th Annual Benefit Concert for the Orcas School Music Program. Performing will be the Orcas Choral Society, Orcas Island Community Band, Island Sinfonia, and Orcas Public School student musicians.

All contributions to the Music Advocacy Group are tax deductible.

Orcas Island
Monday, March 2, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Dance classes are taught the 1st Monday of the month. The classes are free and no partner is necessary. We teach Swing, Waltz, Cha Cha, Rumba, Foxtrot, Tango and Salsa. Our goal is to teach you how to dance and have fun! The classes are open to everyone regardless of age, so come out and enjoy yourself.

For more information contact:

San Juan Island, Friday Harbor
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 to Tuesday, May 19, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Friday Harbor Grange, 152 - 1st Street

In case you missed the 2014 Friday Harbor Film Festival, which focused on award-winning films to entertain, inspire and enlighten us about the the people, cultures and environment of the Pacific Rim, now you can enjoy the audience favorite screenings every other Tuesday night throughout the Winter & Spring.  The films will be shown every 1st and 3rd Tuesday.

Dates and Films:

March 3    No

March 17  Running from Crazy

April 7      Shark Girl

April 21    The Barefoot Bandit Documentary

May 5       DamNation

May 19     Return of the River


San Juan Island
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
7:00 p.m.

This film was nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film in 2013.  It tells the fascinating story of a young advertising executive in Chile who used his “tools of trade” to affect major change in his country.  In 1988, international pressure was put on Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, forcing him to call a referendum on whether or not he would continue in power for another eight years.  Leaders of the “no” movement recruited René Saavedra, who worked in advertising, to spearhead their campaign.  With few resources and constant scrutiny by the dictator’s minions, Saavedra and his team devised a bold plan to win the election and free their country from oppression. They implemented a vibrant ad campaign that was instrumental in deposing the much despised and feared Pinochet. Once released, the film generated some serious criticism regarding its portrayal of complex historical events, particularly from those in Chile who experienced the events depicted.

Running time:  118 minutes

San Juan Island, Friday Harbor
Thursday, March 5, 2015
6:30 p.m.

Lavendera presents Our Bond - Community Building Through Storytelling with Oak Boesky. Oak is beginning a new story built on our shared bonds of humanity and the intent to create community to support one another on the deepest level. Oak has been an islands resident since 1985. She is an artist, teacher, chef, mother, and is currently working on a doctorate in Leadership and Social Transformation at Meridian University in Petaluma, CA.

Lopez Island
Saturday, March 7, 2015
4:00 p.m.

Spirits Rising is the new dynamic musical duo of Native American singers and songwriters Allison Radell (Powhatan) and Joe Reilly (Cherokee). Incorporating elements of jazz, folk, blues, hip-hop, rock, and traditional Native American music, Spirits Rising shares music from the heart that inspires and uplifts.