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Lopez Island
Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Check-in at Lopez Community Center or Odlin County Park

Lopez Island Kicks Off Twelfth Annual Tour De Lopez Bike Tour.

This very popular non-competitive bicycle tour of Lopez Island is brought to you by the Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce and is the kickoff event for cycling in the beautiful San Juan Islands. Whether you make it a day trip or make it a weekend getaway you will not be disappointed! Many of our riders return every year for this event.

In its twelfth year, the Tour De Lopez is a non-competitive rural road tour with four marked routes (5, 12, 18 & 31 miles) on public county roads through the scenic landscape of Lopez Island. The ride starts at Odlin County Park or Lopez Village and ends at the Lopez Community Center, location of a 3 course lunch, musical performances and beer garden. An on-site massage will be available for those who want to really relax!

The Second Annual Bite of Lopez will be held at the Lopez Community Center from 4:00-8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24. Local restaurants and food vendors will be on-site with tasty bites for sale, and riders will be able to check-in early for Saturday's ride. Event T-shirts, sweatshirts and commemorative posters by local artist Christa Malay will also be for sale.

Registration opens on February 1st, through the Chamber website: www.lopezisland.com, and at www.active.com.

San Juan Island
Sponsor
Sunday, April 26, 2015
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Learn How to Create Your Own Garry Oak Woodland. They are our region's only native oak, and their environment is fading fast. Less than 3% of their original habitat remains today, but it's not too late to save this living history which is valuable habitat for people and wildlife. Friends of the San Juans is hosting a walk among the wildflowers and oak trees with landowner Shaun Hubbard and retired forester Thom Pence.

During this walk, participants will learn about the successes and challenges of Garry oak stewardship. Hubbard and Pence will share their experiences and enthusiasm for preserving healthy oak populations in the Islands. Participants will also get information about how to care for Garry oaks on their own property.

Space is limited so please RSVP by April 24 to Katie Fleming at 360-378-2319 or katie@sanjuans.org.

San Juan Island
Sunday, April 26, 2015
2:00 p.m.

Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) leads the stellar cast in the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge– the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014.

The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.

The visionary Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece, broadcast from London’s West End by National Theatre Live.

Orcas Island
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Various
Various locations on Orcas Island

The 2nd annual Orcas Island BirdFest brings together ‘birds of a feather’ – scientists, birders, artists and more – at a cultural and scientific mini-conference focusing on the fascinating diversity of Pacific Northwest birds.

Take part in bird and nature tours led by local experts, enjoy an exciting multi-media celebration of birds in the arts, and choose from a selection of fascinating workshops on the environmental plight of northwest birds and positive grassroots solutions. Don’t miss the chance to visit the beautiful forests and shorelines of Orcas Island where hundreds of species of birds stop to breed, nest and rest on their flight paths. Find tickets and schedule at www.orcasislandbirdfest.com.

 Photo credit:  Kim Middleton

 

 

Orcas Island
Friday, May 1, 2015
Various
Various locations on Orcas Island

The 2nd annual Orcas Island BirdFest brings together ‘birds of a feather’ – scientists, birders, artists and more – at a cultural and scientific mini-conference focusing on the fascinating diversity of Pacific Northwest birds.

Take part in bird and nature tours led by local experts, enjoy an exciting multi-media celebration of birds in the arts, and choose from a selection of fascinating workshops on the environmental plight of northwest birds and positive grassroots solutions. Don’t miss the chance to visit the beautiful forests and shorelines of Orcas Island where hundreds of species of birds stop to breed, nest and rest on their flight paths. Find tickets and schedule at www.orcasislandbirdfest.com.

 Photo credit:  Kim Middleton

 

 

All San Juan Islands
Friday, May 1, 2015 to Sunday, May 31, 2015
Various

During the month of May, the Town of Friday Harbor, in partnership with the Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island Historical Museums and the San Juan Island National Historical Park and other community organizations, will tell the stories of the people and places of the San Juans by celebrating National Historic Preservation Month as "History Lives Here." Guided walking tours, local history talks and other special events will attract visitors and residents alike, and portray the past as long-time islanders lived and remember it.

You can also experience San Juan Islands history with our self-guided Historic Friday Harbor Walking Tour, and watch for new events and specials here.

History Lives Here Events:

San Juan Island/Friday Harbor

•  Roche Harbor Pioneer Cemetery Biographical Tour, May 9, Roche Harbor Resort & San Juan Historical Museum

•  Historic Downtown Friday Harbor Guided Tour, May 16, Town of Friday Harbor

•  Know Your Island Walks: Nichols Neighborhood/Sunshine Alley Walk, May 24, Town of Friday Harbor

•  Officers' Quarters Open House, May 30, San Juan Island National Historical Park

Orcas Island

•  Smugglers' Blues Speaker History Matinee Pt. 1 Harry Patten, May 17, Orcas Island Historical Museum

 The Smugglers' Blues- Opening Gala, May 23, Orcas Island Historical Museum

Lopez Island 

 •  Signature Quilts as Carriers of Community & Women's History, May 13 - June 21, Lopez Island Historical Society & Museum

Historic Lodging Properties

If you want to experience island history first hand, stay in one of these historic properties:

San Juan Island

Acanthus Suites

Argyle House

Bird Rock Hotel

Driftwood Farm Cottage

Etta’s Place

Ferry Landing Suites

The Friday Harbor Grand

Harrison House Suites

Kirk House Bed & Breakfast

Tucker House Inn

Roche Harbor Resort

Orcas Island

Doe Bay Resort & Retreat

Kangaroo House Bed & Breakfast

Kingfish Inn

Inn at Ship Bay

North Beach Inn

Orcas Hotel

Outlook Inn

Rosario Resort & Spa

Turtleback Farm Inn

West Beach Resort

Lopez Island

MacKaye Harbor Inn

 

 

Orcas Island
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Various
Various locations on Orcas Island

The 2nd annual Orcas Island BirdFest brings together ‘birds of a feather’ – scientists, birders, artists and more – at a cultural and scientific mini-conference focusing on the fascinating diversity of Pacific Northwest birds.

Take part in bird and nature tours led by local experts, enjoy an exciting multi-media celebration of birds in the arts, and choose from a selection of fascinating workshops on the environmental plight of northwest birds and positive grassroots solutions. Don’t miss the chance to visit the beautiful forests and shorelines of Orcas Island where hundreds of species of birds stop to breed, nest and rest on their flight paths. Find tickets and schedule at www.orcasislandbirdfest.com.

 Photo credit:  Kim Middleton

 

 

Orcas Island
Sponsor
Saturday, May 2, 2015
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Come Enjoy the Harvest! The Orcas Island Farmers Market is open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Saturday from the first weekend in May to the first weekend of October on the Village Green in the heart of Eastsound.

During most of October and November, the Market meets on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Oddfellows Hall, located on Haven Street just south of Main Street on the way to Madrona Point. For information call:  360-317-8342.

All Items sold in the market are grown or crafted by Orcas Island farmers and artisans. The market includes produce, much of it organic, crafts, art, jewelry, clothing, pottery, food and drink vendors, and some of Orcas Island's service organizations (historical museum, master gardeners).

Orcas Island
Saturday, May 2, 2015 to Saturday, August 29, 2015
Saturdays; 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join us for organic, whole grain baked goods, desserts, farm fresh green salad, wood-fired pizza and drinks while you explore all the market has to offer!

San Juan Island
Sunday, May 3, 2015
2:30 p.m.
Port of Friday Harbor

Enjoy the beginning of boating season with a festive parade in Friday Harbor. The parade is open to just about any kind of seaworthy vessel, powerboats, sailboats, and human powered boats. There will be prizes for the winners in a variety of categories. 

This year's theme is “Boating in the San Juans…A Whale of a Good Time.”  Grand Marshal Ken Balcolm, Director of the Center for Whale Research, will be in the lead boat, Baten, captained by Dr. Carolyn Haugen.  Baten was designed and built in Friday Harbor at Jensen’s Shipyard.  All participating boats must be registered and receive a number to be part of the parade.  Register on-line at www.sjiyc.com.  Spectators can view the parade from the Harbor Docks.

No charge to be in the parade, but all entrants need to be registered on-line at:  www.sjiyc.com

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